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Laying the Theoretical Foundations for the Study of Development Aid

Clark C. Gibson

in The Samaritan's Dilemma

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278855
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602863 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199278857.003.0002
 Laying the Theoretical Foundations for the Study of Development Aid

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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

Chapter.  12473 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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