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Group identity and leading-by-example

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  • Drouvelis, Michalis
  • Nosenzo, Daniele

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We study the interplay between leading-by-example and group identity in a three-person sequential voluntary contributions game experiment. A common identity between the leader and her two followers is beneficial for cooperation: average contributions are more than 30% higher than in a benchmark treatment where no identity was induced. In two further treatments we study the effects of heterogeneous identities. We find no effect on cooperation when only one of the followers shares the leader’s identity, or when followers share a common identity that differs from that of the leader. We conclude that group identity is an effective but fragile instrument to promote cooperation.

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

Volume (Year): 39 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 414-425

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Handle: RePEc:eee:joepsy:v:39:y:2013:i:c:p:414-425

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Keywords: Leadership; Leading-by-example; Voluntary contributions; Cooperation; Social identity; Laboratory experiment;

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  1. Bruttel, Lisa & Fischbacher, Urs, 2013. "Taking the initiative. What characterizes leaders?," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 64(C), pages 147-168.

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