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Ostracism and the Provision of a Public Good, Experimental Evidence

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  • Frank P. Maier-Rigaud

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    (Max Planck Institute for Research on Common Goods and Department of Economics, University of Bonn)

  • Peter Martinsson

    (Department of Economics, Göteborg University)

  • Gianandrea Staffiero

    (IESE Business School, University of Navarra)

Abstract

We analyze the effects of ostracism on cooperation in a linear public good experiment. Our results show that introducing ostracism increases contributions. Despite reductions in group size due to ostracism, the net effect on earnings is positive and significant.

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Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in its series Working Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods with number 2005_24.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2005
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Handle: RePEc:mpg:wpaper:2005_24

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