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An auction mechanism for public goods provision: an experimental study

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  • Hichri, Pavel
  • Hichri, Walid

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We experiment a new mechanism for the provision of a discrete public good: in a fixed period individuals can contribute several times; at any moment they can see the total amount collected; at the end of the period, the public good is provided if the amount covers the cost. We find that the ability of the mechanism to provide efficiently the public good decreases with the amount of the provision cost.

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  • Hichri, Pavel & Hichri, Walid, 2008. "An auction mechanism for public goods provision: an experimental study," MPRA Paper 7884, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2008.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:7884
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    1. Chan, Kenneth S. & Mestelman, Stuart & Muller, R. Andrew, 2008. "Voluntary Provision of Public Goods," Handbook of Experimental Economics Results, Elsevier.
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    Keywords

    Public Goods; Experiments; Mechanism Design;

    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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