Second thoughts on free riding
AbstractWe use the strategy method to classify subjects into cooperator types in a large-scale online Public Goods Game and find that free riders spend more time on making their decisions than conditional cooperators and other cooperator types. This result is robust to reversing the framing of the game and is not driven by cognitive ability, confusion, or natural swiftness in responding. Our results suggest that conditional cooperation serves as a norm and that free riders need time to resolve a moral dilemma.
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Volume (Year): 122 (2014)
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Response time; Free riding; Public goods; Experiment;
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- Nielsen, Ulrik H. & Tyran, Jean-Robert & Wengström, Erik, 2013. "Second Thoughts on Free Riding," Working Papers 2013:29, Lund University, Department of Economics.
- Ulrik H. Nielsen & Jean-Robert Tyran & Erik Wengström, 2013. "Second Thoughts on Free Riding," Discussion Papers 13-08, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
- C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
- C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General
- D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics; Underlying Principles
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