Governments play a role in protecting common resources from destruction. People have little individual incentive to protect these resources but protection greatly benefits all.Common resources differ from public goods because the latter is defined as nondepletable whereby it can't be used up or destroyed with use. In practice, this is often just a pragmatic assumption whereby its assumed the resource will be used at some sustainable pace. For example, it is common to cite things such as education as public goods but educational services such as schools do have a capacity.
|Overview: Common Resources|
|Definition (1)||Resources that everyone can access.|
|Definition (2)||Resources that are non-excludable.|