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Free Riders or Easy Riders?: An Examination of the Voluntary Provision of Public Radio

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  • Brunner, Eric J

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This paper tests the widely accepted hypothesis that, when a pure public good is voluntarily provided, incentives to free ride increase with the number of individuals consuming the good. Specifically, the author uses unique data on the number of listeners and contributors to public radio to test two hypotheses. First he tests whether the proportion of contributors falls as group size increases and, second, the author tests whether contributions per contributor falls as group size increases. He finds that increases in group size result in significantly more free riding. However, the author also finds that group size has no effect on contributions per contributor. Copyright 1998 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

Volume (Year): 97 (1998)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 587-604

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:97:y:1998:i:4:p:587-604

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  1. Thomas Gaube, 2005. "Altruism and charitable giving in a fully replicated economy," Working Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2005_8, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.
  2. Brunner, Eric & Sonstelie, Jon, 2003. "School finance reform and voluntary fiscal federalism," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 87(9-10), pages 2157-2185, September.
  3. Makoto Kakinaka & Koji Kotani, 2011. "An interplay between intrinsic and extrinsic motivations on voluntary contributions to a public good in a large economy," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 147(1), pages 29-41, April.
  4. Ignacio Abásolo & Aki Tsuchiya, 2014. "Blood donation as a public good: an empirical investigation of the free rider problem," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer, vol. 15(3), pages 313-321, April.
  5. Dennis Halcoussis & Anton Lowenberg, 2003. "The quantity and quality of radio broadcasting: are small markets underprovided?," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(3), pages 347-357.
  6. Gaube, Thomas, 2006. "Altruism and charitable giving in a fully replicated economy," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 90(8-9), pages 1649-1667, September.
  7. Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina & Juarez, Laura, 2013. "Old-Age Government Transfers and the Crowding Out of Private Gifts: The 70 and Above Program for the Rural Elderly in Mexico," IZA Discussion Papers 7786, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  8. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Laura Juarez, 2013. "Old-Age Government Transfers and the Crowding Out of Private Gifts: The 70 and Above Program for the Rural Elderly in Mexico," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1327, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.

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