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The Samaritan's DilemmaThe Political Economy of Development Aid$
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Clark C. Gibson, Krister Andersson, Elinor Ostrom, and Sujai Shivakumar

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278855

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199278857.001.0001

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Laying the Theoretical Foundations for the Study of Development Aid

Laying the Theoretical Foundations for the Study of Development Aid

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The Samaritan's Dilemma

Clark C. Gibson

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This chapter focuses on the problem of collective action as it relates to development at the operational level. It first explores how individuals’ motivation may hamper their incentive to work together. Next, it looks at how missing or asymmetric information about the actions or characteristics of individuals may also inhibit their cooperation. This exploration of collective-action problems is undertaken using the Institutional Analysis and Development framework.

Keywords:   nstitutional analysis and development framework, operational level, action situation, public goods, free-riding, common pool, Samaritan’s Dilemma, moral hazard, principal-agent, adverse selection

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