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

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  • Margaret Kyle

    (CERNA i3 - Centre d'économie industrielle i3 - Mines Paris - PSL (École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris) - PSL - Université Paris sciences et lettres - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • David Ridley

    (CEE - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering [Cambridge] - MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

  • Su Zhang

    (School of Biomedical Engineering and Med-X Research Institute - Shanghai Jiao Tong University [Shanghai])

Abstract

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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  • Margaret Kyle & David Ridley & Su Zhang, 2017. "Strategic interaction among governments in the provision of a global public good," Post-Print hal-01952712, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01952712
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    • 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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