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Free riding and collective action: an experiment in public microeconomics


Schneider, Friedrich; Pommerehne, Werner W (1981). Free riding and collective action: an experiment in public microeconomics. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 96(4):689-704.

Abstract

The well-known free-rider hypothesis is examined experimentally to see (i) whether individuals behave systematically as free riders when systematic incentives to do so are created, and (ii) the extent to which free riding actually occurs. Though the experiment's participants behaved in accordance with the hypothesis, the quantitative extent to which such behavior occurred was rather modest. From this it may be concluded that the free-rider hypothesis as presently stated indicates an incompleteness in standard public microeconomics rather than providing a description of the real world

Abstract

The well-known free-rider hypothesis is examined experimentally to see (i) whether individuals behave systematically as free riders when systematic incentives to do so are created, and (ii) the extent to which free riding actually occurs. Though the experiment's participants behaved in accordance with the hypothesis, the quantitative extent to which such behavior occurred was rather modest. From this it may be concluded that the free-rider hypothesis as presently stated indicates an incompleteness in standard public microeconomics rather than providing a description of the real world

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Language:English
Date:1 November 1981
Deposited On:09 Nov 2018 18:29
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 14:50
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0033-5533
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2307/1880748

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