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“Free rider” problem

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The "free rider" problem occurs because:

[p]eople who do not pay for information can . . . make free use of a lot of the information that other people have paid for. . . . People underinvest in information because they suspect that they can benefit, without paying, from the investments of others.[1]

References Edit

  1. Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age, at 15.

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