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Public goods and voting on formal sanction schemes

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  • Putterman, Louis
  • Tyran, Jean-Robert
  • Kamei, Kenju

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The burgeoning literature on the use of sanctions to support the provision of public goods has largely neglected the use of formal or centralized sanctions. We let subjects playing a linear public goods game vote on the parameters of a formal sanction scheme capable of either resolving or exacerbating the free-rider problem, depending on parameter settings. Most groups quickly learned to choose parameters inducing efficient outcomes. We find that cooperative orientation, political attitude, gender and intelligence have a small but sometimes significant influence on voting.

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

Volume (Year): 95 (2011)
Issue (Month): 9 ()
Pages: 1213-1222

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Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:95:y:2011:i:9:p:1213-1222

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Keywords: Public good; Voluntary contribution; Formal sanction; Experiment; Penalty; Voting;

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