Discussion paper

DP10758 A mechanism design approach to the Tiebout hypothesis

We revisit the Tiebout hypothesis in a world in which agents may possess private information as to how they value the various public goods in the various locations, and jurisdictions are free to choose whatever mechanism to attract citizens possibly after making some investments. It is shown that efficiency can be achieved as a competitive equilibrium when jurisdictions seek to maximize local revenues but not necessarily when they seek to maximize local welfare. Limitations of the result are discussed.


Jehiel, P and L Lamy (2015), ‘DP10758 A mechanism design approach to the Tiebout hypothesis‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 10758. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp10758