Type of Document Dissertation Author Ferguson, James Montgomery URN etd-05222007-091320 Title Free riding, contribution behavior, and public goods : the case of the Virginia nongame wildlife tax checkoff Degree PhD Department Agricultural Economics Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Batie, Sandra S. Committee Chair Flora, Jan L. Committee Member McGuirk, Anya M. Committee Member Shabman, Leonard A. Committee Member Stoevener, Herbert H. Committee Member Taylor, Daniel B. Committee Member Keywords
- Neoclassical school of economics
- Tax incentives Virginia
- Wildlife conservation Virginia
Date of Defense 1990-07-23 Availability restricted AbstractThis study examines the free rider effect and other voluntary contribution behavior in an actual public goods funding situation. Because the traditional neoclassical economic model of consumption behavior does not adequately explain behavior with respect to voluntary contribution to the funding of public goods. A model is developed that expands upon the traditional model and which incorporates several aspects of behavior.
These aspects include strategic behavior such as strong and weak free riding, non-voting, and protest voting, as well as utility received from contributing.
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