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Participation In The Construction Of A Local Public Good: A Case Study Of Watershed Management In The Ethiopian Highlands

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  • Gaspert, Frédéric
  • Jabbar, Mohammad A.
  • Mélard, Catherine
  • Platteau, Jean-Philippe

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This paper is a query about the determinants of individuals contribution to the production of local public goods subject to important indivisibilities. It is based on an econometric study of factors accounting for variations in individual participation in the construction of a central drainage channel in Ghinchi watershed, Ethiopia. Using a tobit model, the paper is able to show that individual contributions are crucially influenced by the personal interests which local farmers have in the drain. These contributions have been sufficient to avoid the Pareto-inefficient outcome in what typically amounts to a coordination game.

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  • Gaspert, Frédéric & Jabbar, Mohammad A. & Mélard, Catherine & Platteau, Jean-Philippe, 1998. "Participation In The Construction Of A Local Public Good: A Case Study Of Watershed Management In The Ethiopian Highlands," Research Reports 183006, International Livestock Research Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ilrirr:183006
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.183006
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    1. La Ferrara, Eliana, 2002. "Inequality and group participation: theory and evidence from rural Tanzania," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 85(2), pages 235-273, August.
    2. Weinberger, Katinka & Jutting, Johannes Paul, 2001. "Women's Participation in Local Organizations: Conditions and Constraints," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 29(8), pages 1391-1404, August.

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    Keywords

    Agricultural and Food Policy; Environmental Economics and Policy; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy;

    JEL classification:

    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods

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