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Tragedy of the common canal

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  • Holt, Charles A.
  • Johnson, Cathleen
  • Mallow, Courtney
  • Sullivan, Sean P.

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This paper uses laboratory experiments to investigate the effects of alternative solutions to a common-pool resource with a unidirectional flow. The focus is on the comparative economic efficiency of communications, bilateral “Coasian” bargaining, auctions and price-based allocations. All treatments improve allocative efficiency relative to a baseline environment. Communication and bilateral bargaining are not generally as effective as market allocations. An exogenously imposed, optimal fee results in the greatest efficiency gain, followed by auction allocations that determine the usage fee endogenously.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 20838.

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Date of creation: 19 Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:20838

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Keywords: externalities; experiments; auctions; Coasian bargaining; common pool resource;

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  1. Aida, Takeshi, 2011. "Social Capital as an Instrument for Common Pool Resource Management:A Case Study of Irrigation Management in Sri Lanka," Working Papers 33, JICA Research Institute.

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