Trevor Swan Distinguished Lectures in Economics: Public Goods: Some Inter-temporal Considerations


Event details

Public Lecture

Date & time

Tuesday 13 July 2010


Weston Lecture Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy, #132 Lennox Crossing, ANU


Professor Ngo Van Long


Maggie Whitten Henry
6125 3606
This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the lecture.

This lecture reviews the literature on the voluntary contributions to public goods by repeatedly-interacting contributors and discusses how the economic theory of choice of sequences of actions sheds light on the outcomes of voluntarism. Professor Long will draw attention to abstract public goods, such as the stock of mutual trust in a community, and the building up of a spirit of cooperation. Game-strategic aspects of voluntary contributions are also discussed, including the role of behavioural norms, the selection of contribution strategies, and coordination problems. Applications of line of research range from foreign aid to memberships in international environmental agreements.

Professor Ngo Van Long is currently the James McGill Professor of Economics at McGill University, Montr€÷al, Canada. Prior to this, Professor Long was a Professor of Economics at the Australian National University. Professor Long’s main areas of research include natural resources and environmental economics, dynamic games and inter-temporal optimisation, and international economics. Professor Long has published widely, including his latest book ‘A survey of Dynamic Games in Economics’. Professor Long completed his PhD in economics at the Australian National University in 1975 and was awarded the John Crawford Prize in 1975 for his thesis.

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