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Public goods and the problems of free-riders and forced-riders

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Note: This is post #61 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics.

Public goods provide an argument for taxation and government provision. But how do we know which public goods should be provided? In this video by Marginal Revolution University, economist Alex Tabarrok discusses the free-rider problem and the forced-rider problem in regards to public goods.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).