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Explaining Private Provision Of Public Goods By Conditional Cooperation: An Indirect Evolutionary Approach

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  • M. Vittoria Levati

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We adopt an indirect evolutionary approach to investigate whether and when conditional cooperation can explain the voluntary contribution phenomenon often observed in public goods experiments and in real life. Formally, conditional cooperation is captured by a guilt parameter describing how much an individual feels guilty about contributing less than the average. We find that the evolutionary stability of conditional cooperation depends on what is known about the (individual) guilt parameter of other group members. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2006.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Metroeconomica.

Volume (Year): 57 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (02)
Pages: 68-92

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  1. Guttman, Joel M., 2013. "On the evolution of conditional cooperation," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 15-34.
  2. Anastasios Koukoumelis & M. Vittoria Levati & Johannes Weisser, 2009. "Leading by Words: A Voluntary Contribution Experiment With One-Way Communication," Jena Economic Research Papers 2009-106, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.

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