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Playing with the good guys. A public good game with endogenous group formation

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  • Brekke, Kjell Arne
  • Hauge, Karen Evelyn
  • Lind, Jo Thori
  • Nyborg, Karine

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Are some individuals generally more pro-social than others? If so, socially beneficial commitments could serve as a costly screening device helping the pro-social to match. We present a public good game experiment in which subjects choose between two group types: in blue groups, subjects receive a fixed extra payoff; in red groups, this extra payoff is donated, instead, to the Red Cross. A substantial share of our subjects chose red groups. Contributions in red groups were initially higher and stayed high, while contributions in blue groups displayed the well-known declining pattern.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Public Economics.

Volume (Year): 95 (2011)
Issue (Month): 9-10 (October)
Pages: 1111-1118

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Keywords: Altruism Conditional cooperation Self-selection;

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