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Ignorance is not always Bliss: Feedback and Dynamics in Public Good Experiments

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  • Bigoni, M.
  • Suetens, S.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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In this paper we study the effects of providing additional feedback about individual contributions and earnings on the dynamics of contributions in a repeated public good game. We include treatments where subjects can freely choose whether to obtain additional information about individual contributions or individual earnings. We find that, in the aggregate, contributions decline less fast when additional information about contributions and earnings is provided on top of aggregate information. We also find that there exist substantial but intuitively appealing differences in the way individuals react to feedback. Particularly, individuals with a high propensity to contribute tend to imitate the highest contributor more often and are more inclined to obtain feedback about individual contributions than about individual earnings than individuals with a lower propensity to contribute.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2010-64.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:201064

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Keywords: voluntary contributions; experiment; repeated interaction; feedback; imitation;

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