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An experimental investigation of endowment source heterogeneity in two-person public good games

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  • Spraggon, John
  • Oxoby, Robert J.

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We find an "inverse found money effect" in two-person public good experiments in which individuals earning their endowments contribute more and engage in "altruistic conditional cooperation" when they are matched with those whose endowment is provided by the experimenters.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 104 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 102-105

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:104:y:2009:i:2:p:102-105

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Keywords: Public goods Found money Heterogeneity Experiments;

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Cited by:
  1. David Reinstein & Gerhard Reiner, 2009. "Desert and Tangibility: Decomposing House Money Effects in a Charitable Giving Experiment," Economics Discussion Papers 680, University of Essex, Department of Economics.
  2. Carlsson, Fredrik & He, Haoran & Martinsson, Peter, 2010. "Windfall vs. Earned Money in the Laboratory: Do They Affect the Behavior of Men and Women Differently?," Working Papers in Economics 468, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  3. Kesternich, Martin & Lange, Andreas & Sturm, Bodo, 2012. "The impact of burden sharing rules on the voluntary provision of public goods," ZEW Discussion Papers 12-033, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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