Social Choice and Welfare

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 181–196

Strategy-proof allocation of multiple public goods

Original Paper


This paper characterizes strategy-proof social choice functions (SCFs), the outcome of which are multiple public goods. Feasible alternatives belong to subsets of a product set \({A_{1}\times \cdots \times A_{m}}\) . The SCFs are not necessarily “onto”, but the weaker requirement, that every element in each category of public goods Ak is attained at some preference profile, is imposed instead. Admissible preferences are arbitrary rankings of the goods in the various categories, while a separability restriction concerning preferences among the various categories is assumed. It is found that the range of the SCF is uniquely decomposed into a product set \({B_{1}\times \cdots \times B_{q},}\) in general coarser than the original product set, and that the SCF must be dictatorial on each component Bl. If the range cannot be decomposed, a form of the Gibbard–Satterthwaite theorem with a restricted preference domain is obtained.


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© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsLund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and CommunicationsStockholmSweden

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