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Conditional Cooperation and Disclosure in Developing Countries

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  • Martinsson, Peter

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Pham-Khanh, Nam

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Villegas-Palacio, Clara

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    (Dept of Geosciences and Environment,)

Abstract

Understanding the motivations behind people’s voluntary contributions to public goods is crucial for the broader issues of economic and social development. By using the experimental design of Fischbacher et al. (2001), we investigate the distribution of contribution types in two developing countries with very high collectivism rating – Colombia and Vietnam – and compare our findings with those previously found in developed countries. We also investigate the effect of introducing disclosure of contribution on the distribution of contribution types and on the contribution itself. Overall, our experiments show that the distribution of contribution types remains unaffected by the disclosure of contributions and, on average, is similar both in the two countries and when compared with previous findings with the exception of proportion of free-riders.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 541.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 25 Sep 2012
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Publication status: Published as Martinsson, Peter, Nam Pham-Khanh and Clara Villegas-Palacio, 'Conditional Cooperation and Disclosure in Developing Countries' in Journal of Economic Psychology, 2013, pages 148-155.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0541

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Keywords: Conditional cooperation; Disclosure; Experiment; Public Goods.;

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  1. Simon Gaechter, 2014. "Human Pro-Social Motivation and the Maintenance of Social Order," CESifo Working Paper Series 4729, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Edward J Cartwright & Denise Lovett, 2013. "Leadership and conditional cooperation in public good games: What difference does the game make?," Studies in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Kent 1324, Department of Economics, University of Kent.
  3. Kohei Nitta, 2014. "The Effect of Income Heterogeneity in An Experiment with Global and Local Public Goods," Working Papers, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics 201403, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.

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