"Public Goods": An Exercise in Calibration

John Hudson, Philip Jones

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This paper considers a measure of the "publicness" of goods and services implicit in responses that individuals make when asked about public sector spending. At the limit, all consumers consume equal amounts of a public good. Thus any differences between an individual's self-interest preferences and public-interest preferences cannot be based on differential provision, but only on differences in the individual's public- and self-interest utility functions. If we rule out the latter, self-interest and public-interest preferences for a pure public good are identical. Using sample survey data it is possible to calibrate the public good content of different public goods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-82
Number of pages16
JournalPublic Choice
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Rent-seeking
  • and Voting Behavior (D720)
  • Elections
  • Models of Political Processes
  • Legislatures
  • Public Goods (H410)


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