A few can do – Ethical behavior and the provision of public goods in an agent-based model
AbstractIn this paper I examine the influence which a population of different behavioral types may have on the provision of public goods. In particular, the population or subject pool consists of three behavioral types: myopic selfish agents, enlightened selfish agents and ethically motivated agents. I use a simple agent-based simulation approach that incorporates type interaction based on forward-looking conditional cooperation within a standard linear public goods model. Among other things, I show that under the given circumstances non-provision of public goods is a negligible issue, even if the share of ethically motivated types in the population is rather small.
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Linear Public Goods Games; Conditional Cooperation; Ethical Behavior; Agentbased Modeling; Pareto-optimality;
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- Pickhardt, Michael, 2010. "A few can do: Ethical behavior and the provision of public goods in an agent-based model," CAWM Discussion Papers 37, Center of Applied Economic Research Münster (CAWM), University of Münster.
- C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
- C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General
- H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
- A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
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