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Strategizing in Small Group Decision-Making: Host State Identification for Radioactive Waste Disposal among Eight Southern States

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  • Coates, Dennis
  • Munger, Michael C

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Experimental work in economics has long focussed attention on strategic interaction amongst individuals. A robust result is that a large fraction of participants in public-goods experiments act cooperatively. This paper tests for the extent of strategic behavior in a nonlaboratory setting. These data were generated when representatives from eight southeastern states voted to identify one state as host for a regional disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste. The authors find that no state plays its dominant (free-riding) strategy but none plays in a completely cooperative fashion either. This result is similar to that found in laboratory public-goods experiments. Copyright 1995 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

Volume (Year): 82 (1995)
Issue (Month): 1-2 (January)
Pages: 1-15

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:82:y:1995:i:1-2:p:1-15

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  1. Wilson, Matthew A. & Howarth, Richard B., 2002. "Discourse-based valuation of ecosystem services: establishing fair outcomes through group deliberation," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 41(3), pages 431-443, June.
  2. Edward López & R. Jewell, 2007. "Strategic institutional choice: Voters, states, and congressional term limits," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 132(1), pages 137-157, July.

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