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Private provision of discrete public goods

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  • Makris, Miltiadis

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We investigate private provision of discrete public goods under refund and cost-sharing. If it is commonly believed that individuals may be warm-glow altruists and the group-size is a Poisson random variable, then the equilibrium distribution of collected contributions is uniquely determined. If composition uncertainty is very small and the expected group-size sufficiently large, the distribution of contributions can be described by concentrating in a symmetric mixed-strategy equilibrium. As the expected group-size increases, the probability a randomly selected player contributes and the associated expected number of contributions converge to the corresponding ones in the symmetric mixed-strategy equilibrium of the game with no uncertainty.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Games and Economic Behavior.

Volume (Year): 67 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (September)
Pages: 292-299

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Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:67:y:2009:i:1:p:292-299

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Keywords: Discrete public goods Warm-glow altruism Poisson games;

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  1. Aidt, T.S. & Giovannoni,F., 2005. "Critical Decisions and Constitutional Rules," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 0523, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
  2. Hong, Fuhai & Karp, Larry, 2012. "International environmental agreements with mixed strategies and investment," CUDARE Working Paper Series 1129, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy.
  3. Francesco De Sinopoli & Claudia Meroni & Carlos Pimienta, 2014. "Strategic Stability in Poisson Games," Discussion Papers 2014-09, School of Economics, The University of New South Wales.

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