Demand for different types of public goods: evidence from Nigeria

Alisha A. Kim*, Jonas Bunte

*Corresponding author for this work

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


Preferences of Nigerian households vary across different types of public goods. For example, some prefer roads while others favor education even after controlling for the existing supply of these goods. What explains this variation? We argue that the perceived distributional consequences of specific public goods differ conditional on the personal characteristics of households. In particular, households demand the type of public good that (a) increases the utility of assets they already own and (b) resonates with their past experiences involving the lack of particular public goods. We test our argument with data on 123,000 Nigerian households. We find strong evidence for our argument across six types of public goods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259 - 279
JournalReview of Social Economy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502027 Political economy

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