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Private Provision of a Public Good: Land Trust Membership
Jeffrey O. Sundberg
Vol. 82, No. 3 (Aug., 2006), pp. 353-366
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27647717
Page Count: 14
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Land trusts prevent the development of open space, providing both public and impure public goods to area residents. This study examines the relationship between these benefits and membership levels for a sample of 91 land trusts, while controlling for local demographic and area characteristics. Trusts that offer member-only access to property have higher membership, but most trusts do not provide such benefits. Membership increases with local population, but at a decreasing rate, consistent with the free-riding behavior found in other studies of collective action. The study finds the existence of scope effects with respect to the amount of protected acreage.
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