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  • Sections: Sections and subsections should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (as in Section 1. and Subsection 1.2). Section headings should be centered and in bold 16pt type.
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  • References: Cite references in the text by author's surname and date of publication. The text citations can be given in the form “Tiebout (1956) claims that…”or “This casts doubt on the existence of equilibrium (see also Aivazian et al. 1987, and Harrison and McKee 1980).” References should be listed in alphabetical order and in descending order of date. Style and punctuate references according to the following examples.

Arrow, K. (1970) “The Organization of Economic Activity: Issues Pertinent to the Choice of Market Versus Non-market Allocations” in Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis by R.H. Havenman and J. Margolis, Eds., Markham: Chicago, 67-81

Benabou, Roland (1994) “Education, Income Distribution, and Growth: The Local Connection” NBER working paper number 4798

Berglas, E. (1976) “Distribution of tastes and skills and the provision of local public goods” Journal of Public Economics 6, 409-423.

Edgeworth, F.Y. (1881) Mathematical Psychics, Kegan Paul: London.

Mas-Colell, A and J. Silvestre (1991) “A Note on Cost-Share Equilibrium and Owner-Consumers” Journal of Economic Theory 54, 204-14.
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