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Dynamic voluntary contributions to a discrete public good:Experimental evidence

  • Pavel Diev

    (Banque de France - Banque de France)

  • Walid Hichri

    (GATE - Groupe d'analyse et de théorie économique - CNRS : UMR5824 - Université Lumière - Lyon II - Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines)

We experiment a mechanism for the provision of a discrete public good where individuals are allowed to update upwards their contribution during a fixed time interval. Experimental evidence shows that subjects increase their contributions in order to finance the cost of the good. The public good is financed more frequently when its cost is low relative to the social ability to pay.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Publication status: Published, Economics Bulletin, 2008, 3, 23, pp. 1-11
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00282669
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