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Confusion and learning in the voluntary contributions game

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  • Ralph-C. Bayer

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  • Elke Renner

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  • Rupert Sausgruber

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We use a limited information environment to assess the role of confusion in the repeated voluntary contributions game. A comparison with play in a standard version of the game suggests, that the common claim that decision errors due to confused subjects biases estimates of cooperation upwards, is not necessarily correct. Furthermore, we find that simple learning cannot generate the kind of contribution dynamics commonly attributed to the existence of conditional cooperators. We conclude that cooperative behavior and its decay observed in public goods games is not a pure artefact of confusion and learning. Copyright Economic Science Association 2013

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Experimental Economics.

Volume (Year): 16 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 478-496

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Handle: RePEc:kap:expeco:v:16:y:2013:i:4:p:478-496

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Keywords: Voluntary contribution mechanism; Public goods experiments; Learning; Limited information; Confusion; Conditional cooperation; C90; D83; H41;

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  1. Nielsen, Ulrik H. & Tyran, Jean-Robert & Wengström, Erik, 2013. "Second Thoughts on Free Riding," Working Papers 2013:29, Lund University, Department of Economics.
  2. Bernd Irlenbusch & Rainer Michael Rilke, 2013. "(Public) Good Examples - On the Role of Limited Feedback in Voluntary Contribution Games," Cologne Graduate School Working Paper Series 04-04, Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences.
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  4. Conte, Anna & Levati, Vittoria & Montinari, Natalia, 2014. "Experience in Public Goods Experiments," Working Papers 2014:20, Lund University, Department of Economics.
  5. Heinrich H. Nax & Maxwell N. Burton-Chellew & Stuart A. West & H. Peyton Young, 2013. "Learning in a Black Box," PSE Working Papers hal-00817201, HAL.
  6. H Peyton Young & H.H. Nax & M.N. Burton-Chellew & S.A. West, 2013. "Learning in a Black Box," Economics Series Working Papers 653, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.

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