Is it not possible that there is some common goods problem?  People not
helping b/c they think others will?  The general welfare of others is a
public good afterall, right?- (non-rival, non-excludable)

I think it is reasonable to say that there is not an efficient level of
charity (at least in the third world charity market), and if the answer is
that people don't really care to give more, then you are saying it is
efficient.  I can envision this being the case, but it is hard to imagine.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Bryan Caplan" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 8:26 AM
Subject: Re: Charity

> Jason DeBacker wrote:
> And the answer is:
> > - People really don’t care about helping someone else, but
> > are ashamed to admit that.
> How could it be anything else?
> --
>                          Prof. Bryan Caplan
>         Department of Economics      George Mason University
>                "The game of just supposing
>                 Is the sweetest game I know...
>                 And if the things we dream about
>                 Don't happen to be so,
>                 That's just an unimportant technicality."
>             Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, *Showboat*

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