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Accumulation of Public Goods and Population Change in a Voluntary Participation Game

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  • Okada, Akira

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We consider how public goods can be provided and accumulated over generations of self-interested individuals in the absence of a government authority. A dynamic voluntary participation game is presented to analyze interrelations among group formation, accumulation and population change. We show that the accumulation of public goods can mitigate the second-order dilemma of public goods and that it necessarily leads all individuals to participate in providing public goods in the long run. We discuss a positive effect of population increase on the accumulation of public goods.

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  • Okada, Akira, 2005. "Accumulation of Public Goods and Population Change in a Voluntary Participation Game," Discussion Papers 2005-10, Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University.
  • Handle: RePEc:hit:econdp:2005-10
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    public goods; voluntary participation; accumulation; group formation; population change;

    JEL classification:

    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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