Tragedy of the Commons

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A social dilemma regarding an individual’s responsibility to others; the tragedy of the commons derives from situations in which one player takes more than his/her share of a resource—the 'commons'—which means that all participants will suffer
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Public goods dilemma is also labeled as a social fence because people who favor personal over community welfare may refrain from contributing to the latter.
By weighting the costs and the benefits associated with social cooperation, both the resource and the public goods dilemmas may affect individual propensities to contribute to community welfare (Dawes 1980; Dawes and Messick 2000).
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