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The Free-Rider Problem: A Pedagogical Note (Using Indifference Curve Technology)

Cebula, Richard and Belton, Willie and McLeod, John (1994): The Free-Rider Problem: A Pedagogical Note (Using Indifference Curve Technology). Published in: Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Economiche e Commerciali , Vol. 42, No. 4 (29. April 1995): pp. 327-332.

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Abstract

This brief note develops a pedagogically useful new (albeit still rudimentary) way of teaching the free-rider concept. This simple approach applies the familiar tools of indifference curve analysis to the topic at hand. Since so many students of economics are well versed in indifference curves, this approach is suggested as a useful supplement to the usual textbook treatment, which generally adopts supply-demand analysis .

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