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Comparing the Effectiveness of Regulation and Pro-Social Emotions to Enhance Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from Fishing Communities in Colombia

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  • Maria Claudia Lopez

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    (School of Environmental and Rural Studies, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia)

  • James J. Murphy

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    (Department of Economics, University of Alaska Anchorage)

  • John M. Spraggon

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    (Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • John K. Stranlund

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    (Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Abstract

This paper presents the results from a series of framed field experiments conducted in fishing communities off the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The goal is to investigate the relative effectiveness of exogenous regulatory pressure and pro-social emotions in promoting cooperative behavior in a public goods context. The random public revelation of an individual’s contribution and its consequences for the rest of the group leads to significantly higher public good contributions and social welfare than regulatory pressure, even under regulations that are designed to motivate fully efficient contributions.

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Paper provided by University of Alaska Anchorage, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2010-07.

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Publication status: Forthcoming in Economic Inquiry
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  1. When appealing to the emotions trumps regulation
    by Nicholas Gruen in Club Troppo on 2010-04-19 11:53:14
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