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Free-riding on Communication: An Experimental Study

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  • Andersson, Ola

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    (Department of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Holm, Håkan J.

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

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This paper experimentally investigates free-riding behavior on communication cost in a coordination game and finds strong indications of such free-riding. Firstly, the subjects tend to wait for others to send a message when communication is costly, which does not happen when communication is costless. Secondly, the proportion of games where no communication takes place is much higher when communication is costly compared to when it is free. Thirdly, the form of communication also strongly suggests free-riding.

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2010:10.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 01 Sep 2010
Date of revision: 03 Mar 2011
Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2010_010

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Keywords: Free-riding; Communication; Coordination;

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