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Paretian dictators: constraining choice in a voluntary contribution game

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  • Robert Oxoby

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We explore individuals’ preferences over limiting the choice sets of others in an environment with externalities. Specifically, we conduct public goods games in which participants can mandate the contributions of others or restrict choices to a subset of feasible contributions levels. We find that, relative to a baseline treatment in which individuals make choices from the set of all contribution alternatives, allowing individuals to constrain the choices of others results in more efficient outcomes. We discuss these results in light of the literature on behavioral theories of reciprocity and conditional cooperation and in regards to the literature on pre-constitutional design, political institutions, and social choice. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Constitutional Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 24 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 125-138

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Handle: RePEc:kap:copoec:v:24:y:2013:i:2:p:125-138

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Keywords: Public goods; Conditional cooperation; Reciprocity; Experiments; C7; C9; D4; H4;

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