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The role of risk aversion in public goods dilemmas with environmental uncertainty: an experimental analysis


  • Erdem Seçilmiş


The purpose of this study is to extend earlier research on environmental uncertainty in public goods dilemmas. The present paper reports the results of an experiment designed to examine the effect of risk aversion on public goods provision. A von Neumann–Morgenstern utility function with constant coefficient of relative risk aversion is used to investigate the impact of risk attitudes within a threshold public goods environment. The outcome of the threshold public goods experiment shows that subjects are indifferent to the changes in environmental conditions. Additionally, the analysis indicates that risk aversion is a significant determinant of voluntary public goods contribution level.

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  • Erdem Seçilmiş, 2019. "The role of risk aversion in public goods dilemmas with environmental uncertainty: an experimental analysis," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(17), pages 1434-1438, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:26:y:2019:i:17:p:1434-1438
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2019.1576852

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