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Unpublished Paper
The Good Samaritan and Traffic on the Road to Jericho
  • Ted C Bergstrom, University of California, Santa Barbara
Driving along a lonely road, you come upon a stalled car and a motorist who appears to have run out of gas. You consider stopping to offer help, although this may cost you several minutes and some extra driving. Would your decision be different if the road were heavily travelled? If you were to run of gas, would you prefer that it be on a busy street or on a lonely road?
  • altruism,
  • volunteer's dilemma,
  • free-rider problem
Publication Date
November, 2012
Citation Information
Ted C Bergstrom. "The Good Samaritan and Traffic on the Road to Jericho" (2012)
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