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Olson’s exploitation hypothesis in a public good economy: a reconsideration

Buchholz, Wolfgang ; Sandler, Todd


Since the publication of Olson's (1965) The Logic of Collective Action, the exploitation hypothesis, in which the rich shoulder the provision burden of public goods for the poor, has held sway despite empirical exceptions. To address such exceptions, we establish two alternative exploitation hypotheses based on contributors' asymmetric preferences or on their productivity differences regarding ...


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