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The Effects of Group Composition and Fractionalization in a Public Goods Game: An Agent-Based Simulation

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  • Lucas, Pablo
  • de Oliveira, Angela C.M.
  • Banuri, Sheheryar

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Behavioural economics highlights the role of social preferences in economic decisions. Further, populations are heterogeneous; suggesting that group composition may impact the ability to sustain voluntary public goods contributions. This parallels researc

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number UNU-WIDER Research Paper WP2012/59.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Keywords: social preferences; agent-based simulation; group composition; beliefs;

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