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Strategic interaction among governments in the provision of a global public good

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  • Kyle, Margaret K.
  • Ridley, David B.
  • Zhang, Su

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How do governments respond to other governments when providing a global public good? Using data from 2007 to 2014 on medical research funding for infectious and parasitic diseases, we examine how governments and foundations in 41 countries respond to funding changes by the US government (which accounts for half of funding for these diseases). Because funding across governments might be positively correlated due to unobserved drivers they have in common, we use variation in the representation of research-intensive universities on US Congressional appropriations committees as an instrument for US funding. We find that a 10 % increase in US government funding for a disease is associated with a 2 to 3 % reduction in funding for that disease by another government in the following year.

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  • Kyle, Margaret K. & Ridley, David B. & Zhang, Su, 2017. "Strategic interaction among governments in the provision of a global public good," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 156(C), pages 185-199.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:156:y:2017:i:c:p:185-199
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2017.10.009
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    Keywords

    Public goods; Free riding; Innovation; Health; Pharmaceuticals;
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    JEL classification:

    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights

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