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Title:A few can do: Ethical behavior and the provision of public goods in an agent-based model PDF Logo
Authors:Pickhardt, Michael
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:CAWM discussion paper / Centrum für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung Münster 37
Abstract:In this paper I examine the influence which a population of different behavioral types may have on the provision of public goods. In particular, the population or subject pool consists of three behavioral types: myopic selfish agents, enlightened selfish agents and ethically motivated agents. I use a simple agent-based simulation approach that incorporates type interaction based on forward-looking conditional cooperation within a standard linear public goods model. Among other things, I show that under the given circumstances non-provision of public goods is a negligible issue, even if the share of ethically motivated types in the population is rather small.
Subjects:Linear Public Goods Games
Conditional Cooperation
Ethical Behavior
Agentbased Modeling
Pareto-optimality
JEL:C15
C90
H41
A13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CAWM Discussion Papers, Universität Münster

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