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A Note on Contribution Games with Loss Functions

Decisions on joint funding of continuous public goods between two agents often involve heterogeneous targets. We introduce loss functions in a contribution game in order to study the effect of this conflict. Unlike Varian (1994), joint contribution occurs only if the players’ targets are sufficiently close and the sequential game reduces free riding problems, while total contribution is higher in the simultaneous game.

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Paper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 302.

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Date of creation: 20 Dec 2011
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Publication status: Published in Economics Letters, 2012, 115(2), 211–214
Handle: RePEc:sef:csefwp:302
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