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The Effect of Leadership in a Public Bad Experiment

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  • Moxnes, E.
  • Heijden, E.C.M. van der

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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With regard to global or regional environmental problems, do countries that take unilateral actions inspire other countries to curtail emissions?In this paper this possibility is investigated by the use of a novel design of a laboratory public bad experiment with a leader.Twelve groups of five subjects played the game twice, with two treatments: ten rounds with a leader and ten rounds without a leader.The order of the treatments was varied over groups.A significant (within-subject) effect of leadership is found.Followers invest on average 15 percent less in the public bad when there is a leader setting the good example as opposed to a situation with no leader.Furthermore, total payoffs turn out to be significantly higher in the leader treatment than in the no-leader treatment.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2000-102.

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Keywords: pollution; experimental design; public goods;

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