Title page for ETD etd-05222007-091320

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
  • Neoclassical school of economics
  • Tax incentives Virginia
  • Wildlife conservation Virginia
Date of Defense 1990-07-23
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This 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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