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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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Those joining the competition will pay P600 registration while 'free riders' or non-racers will pay P300.
'If Pakistan Railways can have independent police under command of an IG to deal with around one million passengers or so daily in terms of security or assisting the staff in capturing the free riders, why Lesco which deals with around 4.4 million consumers, cannot have independent police stations to capture a number of power thieves and recover dues from the defaulters,' said an official while quoting content of the draft sent to ministry in August.
The metro operator that runs subway lines numbers 1 to 8 in the capital saw losses of 350.6 billion won ($ 329.6 million) last year due to the number of "free riders." The losses have been rising since 2013.
Wouldn't guards on trams not only provide security but stop all the free riders? Pamela Coates WHILE local public transport remains dirty, overcrowded, unreliable and unsafe, you'll not get me out of the car - particularly after tea-time when the frequency and reliability of services drops even further and the feral gangs come out.
Detroit Board of Education, in which the Court approved mandatory public sector union fees on the grounds that non-union "free riders" should have to contribute something toward collective bargaining activities that benefit them.
Gears Up For The Worlds Biggest Oil Trade We will not bear the burden for free riders this time, Saudi Oil Minister Khalid told reporters in Houston last month.
The system is supposed to keep consumers from acting as "free riders," or paying for health coverage only when they expect to need open heart surgery or lung transplants any day now.
The outgoing Democrat president and the Republican who wants to succeed him have oddly similar views of what the president called "free riders." It is true that most NATO countries are not paying their agreed-upon share of NATO expenses, and that the U.S.
These days, the criticism is also heard in the US Congress and the White House and is echoed by Obama, who is the first sitting American president to go on record as calling the GCC states "free riders", telling them they are insufficiently attuned to the needs of their own people and accusing Saudi Arabia of spreading an extremist version of Islam throughout the Muslim world.
Detroit Board of Education, the court found merit in the argument that workers receiving union benefits without paying union dues would be free riders. Since then Abood has been the court's guiding precedent, leading to rulings upholding agency fees in half a dozen cases.
The answer seems to be: only if there are no free riders when it comes to financing the (admittedly rare) public goods.
We are not "free riders." We shared with you our intelligence that prevented deadly terrorist attacks on America.