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Selfish-biased conditional cooperation: On the decline of contributions in repeated public goods experiments

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  • Neugebauer, Tibor
  • Perote, Javier
  • Schmidt, Ulrich
  • Loos, Malte

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In the recent literature, several competing hypotheses have been advanced to explain the stylized fact of declining contributions in repeated public goods experiments. We present results of an experiment that has been designed to evaluate these hypotheses. The experiment elicits individual beliefs about the contributions of the partners in the repeated game and involves between-subjects variation on information feedback. The data favor the hypothesis of selfish-biased conditional cooperation as the source for the declining contributions over the competing hypotheses.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Psychology.

Volume (Year): 30 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 52-60

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Handle: RePEc:eee:joepsy:v:30:y:2009:i:1:p:52-60

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Keywords: Experimental economics Information feedback Belief formation Public goods Voluntary contributions Conditional cooperation;

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