Regional free-riding among municipalities: Can free-riding explain variation in aid to migrant EU/EES streetworkers and what can this tell us about similar cases of municipal welfare provisionment?
Abstract: The study examines if free-riding behavior seems to be an explanatory factor when it comes to the variation in municipal aid to EES/EU migrants. The study outlines a descriptive concept of non-excludable municipal welfare based on rational choice theory and argues that in such situations there will exist incentives for free-riding. The study argues that aid to EES/EU migrants constitute a case of such non-excludable welfare and investigates if there is evidence for free-riding behavior. The study concludes that available statistical data does not support the presence of such a free-riding effect but does not rule it either.
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