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Better to give than to receive? Altruistic provision of a global public good


  • Abul Naga, Ramses H.
  • Jones, Philip


Developed countries may gain more than developing countries from the provision of a global public good: the greater their valuation of the good, the higher the productivity of developing countries’ contributions and the more developed countries derive satisfaction from altruism.

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  • Abul Naga, Ramses H. & Jones, Philip, 2012. "Better to give than to receive? Altruistic provision of a global public good," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 115(3), pages 480-483.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:115:y:2012:i:3:p:480-483 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.12.108

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    1. P. B. Anand, 2004. "Financing the Provision of Global Public Goods," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 27(2), pages 215-237, February.
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    1. Cuicui Chen & Richard J. Zeckhauser, 2016. "Collective Action in an Asymmetric World," NBER Working Papers 22240, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    Global public goods; Altruism; Efficient treaties;

    JEL classification:

    • H81 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Governmental Loans; Loan Guarantees; Credits; Grants; Bailouts
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods


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