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The Private Provision of Public Goods under Uncertainty: A Symmetric-Equilibrium Approach

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  • DONALD C. KEENAN
  • ILTAE KIM
  • RONALD S. WARREN

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Various studies have examined whether increased uncertainty about the non-Nash response of others to an individual's voluntary contribution to a public good affects that individual's contribution so as to mitigate the free-rider problem. We extend this single-agent approach to the analysis of a symmetric equilibrium. We provide conditions on group size and endogenous relative risk aversion that imply increased equilibrium contributions in response to greater uncertainty about the productivity of each individual's contribution to the actual level of the public good. These results enable us to broaden the circumstances in which the theory predicts that increased uncertainty reduces free riding. Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing, Inc..

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  • Donald C. Keenan & Iltae Kim & Ronald S. Warren, 2006. "The Private Provision of Public Goods under Uncertainty: A Symmetric-Equilibrium Approach," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 8(5), pages 863-873, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jpbect:v:8:y:2006:i:5:p:863-873
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    1. Elyès Jouini & Clotilde Napp & Diego Nocetti, 2013. "Economic consequences of Nth-degree risk increases and Nth-degree risk attitudes," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 47(2), pages 199-224, October.
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    3. Matteo M. Marini & Aurora García-Gallego & Luca Corazzini, 2018. "Communication in a threshold public goods game with ambiguity: Anomalies and regularities," Working Papers 2018/03, Economics Department, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón (Spain).
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    5. Nocetti, Diego & Smith, William T., 2015. "Changes in risk and strategic interaction," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 37-46.
    6. Garau, M. & Mordoh, A. & Sussex, J., 2011. "Exploring the Interdependency between Public and Charitable Medical Research," Consulting Reports 000187, Office of Health Economics.
    7. Shlomit Hon-Snir & Benyamin Shitovitz & Menahem Spiegel, 2010. "Bayesian Equilibrium in a Public Good Economy," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 12(2), pages 387-398, April.

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