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Partner selection in public goods experiments

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  • Giorgio Coricelli
  • Dietmar Fehr
  • Gerlinde Fellner

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This paper studies the e_ect of introducing costly partner selection for the voluntary contribution to a public good. Subjects participate in six sequences of five rounds of a two-person public good game in partner design. At the end of each sequence subjects can select a new partner out of six group members. Unidirectional and bidirectional partner selection mechanisms are introduced and compared to controls with random partner rematching. Results demonstrate significantly higher contributions in correspondence to unidirectional partner selection than to bidirectional selection and random rematching. Average monetary valuation of being able to choose a partner is substantially high and remains stable.

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Paper provided by Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group in its series Papers on Strategic Interaction with number 2003-13.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2003
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Handle: RePEc:esi:discus:2003-13

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Keywords: public goods; partner selection; experiments;

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