Social Choice and Welfare

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 365–370

A note on the stability of Chen’s Lindahl mechanism

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00355-011-0532-7

Cite this article as:
Van Essen, M. Soc Choice Welf (2012) 38: 365. doi:10.1007/s00355-011-0532-7


There are no general theoretical results on the stability of the Lindahl mechanism introduced by Chen (Econ Theory 19:773–790, 2002). We show that despite not fitting the requirements of the Milgrom and Roberts 1990 stability result for supermodular games, if the Chen mechanism induces a supermodular game, then the best reply map is a contraction. This gives us an easy to identify sufficient condition for dynamic stability of equilibrium.


Public goodsLindahl equilibriumMechanism designSupermodular gamesStability

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics, Finance, and Legal StudiesUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA