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Optimum intérieur et financement efficient d'un bien public :une expérience


  • Matthieu Neveu

    (GATE - Groupe d'analyse et de théorie économique - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 - Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


This experiment provides results in voluntary contribution for a public goods using a payoff function which defines a Pareto optimum inside the strategic contributions space. Two optima are tested. One is defined at 30% of the subjects' endowment, an the other at 70%. The Nash equilibrium of these games remains the non contribution to the public good. The experiment results show that the over but inefficient contribution is not due to a confusion made by the subjects but is rather due to the subjects' voluntary decision. Next, a public good is easily provided when the optimal point is defined at a low contribution level, even if it is not always fully provided. This last results highlight a coordination problem to reach the social optimum, and identify two behaviors named Reactive Behavior and Optimum Lover.

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  • Matthieu Neveu, 2002. "Optimum intérieur et financement efficient d'un bien public :une expérience," Post-Print halshs-00178479, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00178479
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