Suzanne Scotchmer
From The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, 2008
Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume
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The word ‘club’ has a deceptively frivolous connotation, as does the word ‘game’. But, like game theory, club theory has wide reach. By ‘club’ economists mean a small group of people sharing an activity, often in a context where they care about each other's characteristics. Such activities may include production of goods and services (firms), production of education (schools, academic departments), sharing of private goods in small groups, and community life (churches, charity organizations). The formation of firms, choice of schools, and choice of games to play are all covered by club theory, as are social arrangements like marriage.
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Scotchmer, Suzanne. "clubs." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 17 December 2017 <> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.0249

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