Accumulation of Public Goods and Population Change in a Voluntary Participation Game
AbstractWe consider how public goods can be provided and accumulated over generations of self-interested individuals in the absence of a government authority. A dynamic voluntary participation game is presented to analyze interrelations among group formation, accumulation and population change. We show that the accumulation of public goods can mitigate the second-order dilemma of public goods and that it necessarily leads all individuals to participate in providing public goods in the long run. We discuss a positive effect of population increase on the accumulation of public goods.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University in its series Discussion Papers with number 2005-10.
Length: 31 p.
Date of creation: Nov 2005
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public goods; voluntary participation; accumulation; group formation; population change;
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