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Two are better than one!: Individuals' contributions to "unpacked" public goods

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  • Bernasconi, Michele
  • Corazzini, Luca
  • Kube, Sebastian
  • Maréchal, Michel André

We experimentally demonstrate how "unpacking" provides a possible approach for mitigating the dilemma of public goods provision through private contributions. Subjects' total contributions increase when a single public good is split into two identical public goods.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 104 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 31-33

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:104:y:2009:i:1:p:31-33
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