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A few can do – Ethical behavior and the provision of public goods in an agent-based model

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  • Michael Pickhardt

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In 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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Paper provided by Institute of Spatial and Housing Economics, Munster Universitary in its series Working Papers with number 201037.

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Keywords: Linear Public Goods Games; Conditional Cooperation; Ethical Behavior; Agentbased Modeling; Pareto-optimality;

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  1. John Duffy, 2004. "Agent-Based Models and Human Subject Experiments," Computational Economics 0412001, EconWPA.
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