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The Provision of a Public Good with a direct Provision Technology and Large Number of Agents

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  • Stefan Behringer

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    (Economics Department, Frankfurt University)

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This paper provides a limit result for the provision of a public good in a mechanism design framework as the number of agents gets large. A canonical example for a public good that is produced with a direct provision technology is Open Source Software.

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Paper provided by JEPS in its series JEPS Working Papers with number 05-007.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2005
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Handle: RePEc:jep:wpaper:05007

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Keywords: Mechanism design; public goods; open source software;

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