Multi-National Public Goods Provision under Multilateral Income Transfers & Productivity Differences


This paper examines multinational public goods provision under multilateral income transfers and productivity differences across countries. We assume the existence of a planner who uses linear approximation for utility maximization for all countries. The main findings are: (i) A country is an income receiver if it has an advantage in producing public goods; (ii) the planner country can determine the values of transfers for all countries with an adjustment cost; (iii) all countries obtain an identical level of utility; (iv) the country with the lowest adjustment cost is the best candidate for the planner country. All results are derived based on well-known information regarding the cost of producing the public goods and on income levels.


international public goods; multilateral income transfers; productivity difference; planner; adjustment cost; welfare

JEL Classification

H41, F1


Tatsuyoshi MIYAKOSHI
Faculty of Science & Engineering, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan

Laixun ZHAO
Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration
Kobe University
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657-8501 Japan
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