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The second-order dilemma of public goods and capital accumulation

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  • Akira Okada

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The second-order dilemma of public goods arises from individuals' incentive to free ride on a mechanism to solve the provision problem (first-order dilemma) of public goods. Without relying on social and behavioral arguments, we show by a voluntary participation game that the accumulation of public goods can mitigate the second-order dilemma in the long run. The analysis also shows that population decrease damages the accumulation of public goods.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

Volume (Year): 135 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 165-182

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:135:y:2008:i:3:p:165-182

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Keywords: Public goods; Second-order dilemma; Voluntary participation; Accumulation; Group formation; C72; D7; H41;

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