Common Fate, Game Harmony and Contributions to Public Goods: Experimental Evidence
AbstractWe experimentally study the effects of common fate on voluntary contributions to linear public goods. In each period, earnings are assigned to subjects according to the outcome of a lottery. We manipulate the level of common fate across treatments by varying the degree of harmony in the lottery structure. We observe higher contributions and stronger reciprocity in the most harmonious manipulation. Surprisingly, we find a positive relation between contributions and having experienced a favourable lottery outcome in the previous period, with the strength of this effect being inversely associated with the degree of harmony.
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Public Goods; Common Fate; Laboratory Experiment.;
Other versions of this item:
- Luca Corazzini & Robert Sugden, 2011. "Common fate, game harmony and contributions to public goods: experimental evidence," International Review of Economics, Springer, vol. 58(1), pages 43-52, March.
- C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
- C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
- H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
- H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
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- NEP-ALL-2009-02-14 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2009-02-14 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2009-02-14 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-PBE-2009-02-14 (Public Economics)
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