Conditional Cooperation and Voluntary Contributions to Public Goods
AbstractThis discussion paper led to a publication in 'Journal of Economics' 102(1) 23-39. We compare a partners condition where the same small group of subjects plays arepeated public good game to astrangers condition where subjects play this game in changing group formations.Subjects in the partners conditioncontribute from the first period on significantly more to the public good thansubjects in the strangers condition. In thestrangers condition, contributions show a continual decay, while in the partnerscondition, contributions fluctuate on ahigh level until they decrease in the final periods. We interpret subjects'behavior in terms of conditional cooperationwhich is characterized by both future-oriented and reactive behavior.
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Experimental Economics; Public Goods; Voluntary Contributions; Cooperation;
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- Keser, Claudia & van Winden, Frans, 2000. " Conditional Cooperation and Voluntary Contributions to Public Goods," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 102(1), pages 23-39, March.
- C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
- H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
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- NEP-ALL-2000-06-29 (All new papers)
- NEP-CDM-2000-06-29 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-IND-2000-06-29 (Industrial Organization)
- NEP-LAB-2000-06-29 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-PUB-2000-06-29 (Public Finance)
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