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Taking the Well-being of Future Generations Seriously : Do People Contribute More to Intra-temporal or Inter-temporal Public Goods?

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  • Grolleau , Gilles G.

    ()
    (LAMETA, UMR 1135 and LESSAC)

  • Sutan, Angela

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    (LESSAC)

  • Vranceanu, Radu

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    (ESSEC Business School and THEMA)

Abstract

We investigate the dynamics of cooperation in public good games when contributions to the public good are immediately redistributed across contributors (intra-temporal transfers) and when contributions to the public good by the current group are transferred over time to a future group (inter-temporal transfers). We show that people are more cooperative in inter-temporal contexts than in intra-temporal contexts. We also find that subjects invest more on average in public goods when they know in advance their inheritance from the past.

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Paper provided by ESSEC Research Center, ESSEC Business School in its series ESSEC Working Papers with number WP1313.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ebg:essewp:dr-13013

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Keywords: Public goods; Voluntary contribution mechanism; Inter-temporal vs intra-temporal transfers; Sustainable development;

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