Confusion and Learning in the Public Goods Game
AbstractWe test if confusion and learning could potentially explain all the decay of contributions in the repeated public goods games by implementing a limited information environment to mimic the state of confusion. A comparison shows that the rate of decline is more than twice as high in a standard public goods game. Furthermore, we find that simple learning cannot generate the contribution dynamics, which are commonly attributed to the existence of conditional cooperators. We conclude that cooperative behavior observed in public goods games is not a pure artefact of confusion and learning.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Adelaide, School of Economics in its series School of Economics Working Papers with number 2010-24.
Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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public goods experiments; learning; limited information; confusion; conditional cooperation;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General
- D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search, Learning, and Information
- H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-10-16 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2010-10-16 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EVO-2010-10-16 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2010-10-16 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-GTH-2010-10-16 (Game Theory)
- NEP-PBE-2010-10-16 (Public Economics)
- NEP-PUB-2010-10-16 (Public Finance)
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