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The Tragedy of the Commune: Learning from Worst Case Scenarios


Karsten Mause


University of Marburg - School of Business & Economics

August 19, 2004



Abstract:     
Living in an apartment-sharing community may offer numerous advantages. Unfortunately, under certain circumstances the easy, adventurous, harmonious, etc. life in a (student) flat share may turn into a Hobbesian "war of every one against every one." Applying some well-known instruments out of the economic toolbox, this paper demonstrates why flat sharers' individually rational behavior may lead to collectively undesirable outcomes, and offers some practical remedies. Tragically, even if dwellers realize to be on the road to ruin, their livable commune bit by bit turns into a dump.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: communes, shared housing, common-pool resources, collective action

JEL Classification: D01, D70, R21, R31

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Date posted: November 13, 2004  

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Mause, Karsten, The Tragedy of the Commune: Learning from Worst Case Scenarios (August 19, 2004). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=618742 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.618742

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Karsten Mause (Contact Author)
University of Marburg - School of Business & Economics ( email )
Am Plan 2
Marburg, D-35037
Germany
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