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Are conditional cooperators willing to forgo efficiency gains? Evidence from a public goods experiment

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  • M. Vittoria Levati
  • Matteo Ploner
  • Stefan Traub

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We use a two-person public goods experiment to investigate how much agents value conditional cooperation when symmetric positive contributions entail efficiency losses. Asymmetric marginal per capita returns allow only the high-productivity player to increase group payoffs when contributing positive amounts. Asymmetric contributions, however, yield unequal individual payoffs. To assess a priori cooperative preferences, we measure individual 'value-orientations' by means of the decomposed game technique. We find that contributions remain negligible throughout the experiment, suggesting that people are not willing to contribute positive amounts if this may lead to damage efficiency.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal New Zealand Economic Papers.

Volume (Year): 45 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1-2 ()
Pages: 47-57

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Keywords: public goods experiments; conditional cooperation; fairness; efficiency; social values;

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  1. Johannes Abeler & Daniele Nosenzo, 2013. "Self-selection into Economics Experiments is Driven by Monetary Rewards," Discussion Papers 2013-03, The Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham.

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