Priorities in the Location of Multiple Public Facilities

Bochet, Olivier; Gordon, Sidartha (February 2008). Priorities in the Location of Multiple Public Facilities (Discussion Papers 09-02). Bern: Department of Economics

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A collective decision problem is described by a set of agents, a profile of single-peaked preferences over the real line and a number k of public facilities to be located. We consider public facilities that do not suffer from congestion and are non-excludable. We provide a characterization of the class of rules satisfying Pareto-efficiency, object-population monotonicity and sovereignty. Each rule in the class is a priority rule that selects locations according to a predetermined priority ordering among “interest groups”. We characterize each of the subclasses of priority rules that respectively satisfy anonymity, hiding-proofness and strategy-proofness. In particular, we prove that a priority rule is strategy-proof if and only if it partitions the set of agents into a fixed hierarchy. Alternatively, any such
rule can be viewed as a collection of fixed-populations generalized peakselection median rules (Moulin, 1980), that are linked across populations, in a way that we describe.

Item Type:

Working Paper


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics

UniBE Contributor:

Bochet, Olivier and Gordon, Sidartha


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics


Discussion Papers


Department of Economics




Lars Tschannen

Date Deposited:

07 Oct 2020 15:24

Last Modified:

07 Oct 2020 15:24

JEL Classification:

D60, D63, D70, D71, H41




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