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free rider

a person who gains from a collectively provided benefit without bearing any of the costs of gaining this. In a seminal text, M. Olson, The Logic of Collective Action (1965) employs the prisoner's dilemma game (see THEORY OF GAMES) to indicate that, where the group is large and any benefits of COLLECTIVE ACTION cannot be withheld from non-participants in the action, it will be rational’ for individuals to free ride.
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For those displaced by the South California fires, the ridesharing company Lyft is offering free rides.
The new "Hail a Honda" program is a great way to extend our long-standing partnership with the ACL Festival and offer festivalgoers an even better experience with a free ride to Zilker Park to enjoy their favorite bands and experience some of our newest Honda products," said Nick Lee, Manager, Honda National Advertising.
Emirates NBD announced on Tuesday that is has partnered with Uber, which operates a fleet of taxis in the UAE, to offer free rides all throughout the holy month.
Supercar Taxis will offer free rides this weekend as part of Dubai Motor Festival
The city government's transport department recently wrote to the police brass for footing a bill of ` 70 crore for the free rides that the police personnel take on DTC buses.
Frijters further said bus drivers were more reluctant to give black and Asian participants a free ride because they did not personally relate to them.
We also incorporate interaction terms between Federal and all of the explanatory variables into the two probit models to test for the possibility that the presence of federal government's intervention affects the determinates of the state's decision to free ride.
No more free health care, no more free rides, no more corruption, no more central government control of our personal needs, no chances given to government takeovers of our private industry.
com)-- This Labor Day enjoy a responsible, hassle-free celebration while avoiding a DUI with Discount Cab's Free Ride Back Program.
We've teamed up with Southport New Pleasureland to offer ECHO readers five free ride vouchers to use at the park.
Free Ride details how the media industry lost control of its destiny and suggests practical ways to get back on track.
Being "The antitrust concern where these circumstances and behaviors are present is that one or more retail members of one channel of distribution will free ride on the investments made by retail members of another channel of distribution to the detriment of consumer welfare" (GUDLACH, CANNON & MANNING, 2010: 388).