Reciprocity, Matching and Conditional Cooperation in Two Public Goods Games
AbstractPrevious experimental and empirical evidence has identified social preferences in the voluntary provision of public goods. A number of competing models of such preferences have been proposed. We provide evidence for one model of behavior in these games, reciprocity (or matching, or conditional cooperation). Consistent with previous research, we find that participants in the voluntary contribution mechanism attempt to match the contributions of others in their group. We also examine participants in a related game with different equilibria, the weakest-link mechanism. Here, in contrast, participa nts contribute so as to match the minimum contribution of others in their group.
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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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experimental economics; public goods; voluntary contribution mechanism; weakest link mechanism; reciprocity;
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- Croson, Rachel & Fatas, Enrique & Neugebauer, Tibor, 2005. "Reciprocity, matching and conditional cooperation in two public goods games," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 87(1), pages 95-101, April.
- Rachel Croson & Enrique Fatás & Tibor Neugebauer, 2004. "Reciprocity, Matching and Conditional Cooperation in Two Public Goods Games," Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces E2004/32, Centro de Estudios Andaluces.
- C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
- C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
- D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing - - - Auctions
- H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
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- NEP-ALL-2004-07-04 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2004-07-04 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EVO-2004-07-04 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2004-07-04 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-REG-2004-07-04 (Regulation)
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