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Free riding and the provision of candy bars

  • Haan, Marco
  • Kooreman, Peter

A wealth of experimental literature studies the effect of repetition and group size on the extent of free riding in the provision of public goods. In this paper, we use data from honor systems for candy bars in 166 firms to test whether such effects can be found outside the laboratory. We find that free riding increases with repetition, and weak evidence that free riding decreases with group size.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Public Economics.

Volume (Year): 83 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 277-291

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Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:83:y:2002:i:2:p:277-291
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