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Economics Division Seminar Series

Legitimate free riding in public good games

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Dr Edward Cartwright, University of Kent

  • From: Wednesday 29 January 2014, 2 pm
  • To: Wednesday 29 January 2014, 3.30 pm
  • Location: LT5, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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Dr Edward Cartwright, University of Kent


Individuals often have legitimate but publicly unobservable reasons for not partaking in cooperative social endeavours. This provides an opportunity for others to behave uncooperatively and claim they had legitimate reasons for doing so. In the context of a linear public good game we consider the effect of such free-rider anonymity. We find that free-rider anonymity leads to a breakdown in cooperation, the size of which depends on the degree of anonymity. We apply these results to evaluate models of social preferences. Our results are most consistent with inequality aversion.

About the author

Edward Cartwright is a senior lecturer in economics at the University of Kent. He obtained a BA in Mathematics and Economics from The University of Durham and an Msc and PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick. He spent one year as a post doc at the University of Paris 1 before joining Kent in 2004. His main research interests are in game theory, public economics and experimental economics. For example, recent work looks at how leadership and focal points can increase efficiency in the provision of public goods. Edward is also author of a textbook on behavioural economics.

Please book your place by emailing Piers Thompson.

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Please book your place by emailing Piers Thompson.

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LT5, Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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