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Dynamic voluntary contributions to a discrete public good:Experimental evidence


  • Pavel Diev

    (Centre de recherche de la Banque de France - Banque de France)

  • Walid Hichri

    (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)


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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  • Pavel Diev & Walid Hichri, 2008. "Dynamic voluntary contributions to a discrete public good:Experimental evidence," Post-Print halshs-00282669, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00282669
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    1. Marco Battaglini & Salvatore Nunnari & Thomas R. Palfrey, 2016. "The Dynamic Free Rider Problem: A Laboratory Study," American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 8(4), pages 268-308, November.

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    Public Goods; Experiments; Voluntary contributions; Dynamic contributions;

    JEL classification:

    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods


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