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Participation in the Construction of a Local Public Good with Indivisibilities: An Application to Watershed Development in Ethiopia

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  • Gaspart, Frederic, et al

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The logic of voluntary contributions to an indivisible public good is studied, firstly in a simple game-theoretical framework, then in an empirical investigation of a case of watershed development in the Ethiopian Highlands. The former approach emphasises the difference between the problem under attention and the classical representation of public good provision, i.e., the Prisoner's Dilemma. The latter approach emphasises the joint role of leadership and of private interests as key determinants of individual contributions, thereby illustrating the game-theoretical model and providing well-founded guidelines for similar collective actions. Copyright 1998 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) in its journal Journal of African Economies.

Volume (Year): 7 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 (July)
Pages: 157-84

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Handle: RePEc:oup:jafrec:v:7:y:1998:i:2:p:157-84

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  1. La Ferrara, Eliana, 2000. "Inequality And Group Participation: Theory And Evidence From Rural Tanzania," CEPR Discussion Papers 2433, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Kumasi, Tyhra Carolyn & Asenso-Okyere, Kwadwo, 2011. "Responding to land degradation in the highlands of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia:," IFPRI discussion papers 1142, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  3. Laura German & Hailemichael Taye, 2008. "A framework for evaluating effectiveness and inclusiveness of collective action in watershed management," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 20(1), pages 99-116.
  4. German, Laura & Tay, Hailemichael & Charamila, Sarah & Tolera, Tesema & Tanui, Joseph, 2006. "The many meanings of collective action: lessons on enhancing gender inclusion and equity in watershed management," CAPRi working papers 52, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  5. Baland, Jean-Marie & Platteau, Jean-Philippe, 2003. "Economics of common property management regimes," Handbook of Environmental Economics, in: K. G. Mäler & J. R. Vincent (ed.), Handbook of Environmental Economics, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 4, pages 127-190 Elsevier.
  6. German, Laura & Mazengia, Waga & Tirwomwe, Wilberforce & Ayele, Shenkut & Tanui, Joseph & Nyangas, Simon & Begashaw, Leulseged & Taye, Hailemichael & Admassu, Zenebe & Tsegaye, Mesfin & Alinyo, Franci, 2008. "Enabling equitable collective action and policy change for poverty reduction and improved natural resource management in the Eastern African highlands:," CAPRi working papers 86, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  7. Baland, Jean-Marie & Platteau, Jean-Philippe, 1999. "The Ambiguous Impact of Inequality on Local Resource Management," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 27(5), pages 773-788, May.
  8. Nakano, Yuko & Otsuka, Keijiro, 2010. "Determinants of Household Contributions to Collective Irrigation Management: A Case of the Doho Rice Scheme in Uganda," 2010 AAAE Third Conference/AEASA 48th Conference, September 19-23, 2010, Cape Town, South Africa 95919, African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) & Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA).
  9. Vinish Kathuria, 2007. "MANAGING POLLUTION FROM SSI s – DESIGNING FOR A SUSTAINABLE INSTITUTION," Environment, Development and Sustainability, Springer, vol. 9(2), pages 107-130, May.

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