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Heterogeneous productivity in voluntary public good provision - An experimental analysis

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  • Gerlinde Fellner

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    (Department of Economics, Vienna University of Economics & B.A.)

  • Yoshio Iida

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    (Faculty of Economics, Kyoto Sangyo University, Kyoto, Japan)

  • Sabine Kröger

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    (Laval University, Department of Economics, Quebec, Canada)

  • Erika Seki

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    (Department of Economics, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK)

Abstract

This article experimentally examines voluntary contributions when group members' marginal returns to the public good vary. The experiment implements two marginal return types, low and high, and uses the information that members have about the heterogeneity to identify the applied contribution norm. We find that norms vary with the information environment. If agents are aware of the heterogeneity, contributions increase in general. However, high types contribute more than low types when contributions can be linked to the type of the donor but contribute less otherwise. Low types, on the other hand, contribute more than high types when group members are aware of the heterogeneity but contributions cannot be linked to types. Our results underline the importance of the information structure when persons with different abilities contribute to a joint project, as in the context of teamwork or charitable giving.

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  1. Urs Fischbacher & Sabrina Teyssier & Simeon Schudy, 2012. "Heterogeneous Reactions to Heterogeneity in Returns from Public Goods," TWI Research Paper Series 73, Thurgauer Wirtschaftsinstitut, Universität Konstanz.
  2. Sobei Oda & Erika Seki & Yan Zhou, 2013. "The Effect of Information Provision on Voluntary Contributions to Public Goods: A Field Experiment on Blood Donation," Journal of Economics and Management, College of Business, Feng Chia University, Taiwan, vol. 9(2), pages 185-209, July.
  3. Jean-Marie Baland & Lata Gangadharan & Pushkar Maitra & Rohini Somanathan, 2013. "Repayment And Exclusion In A Microfinance Experiment," Working papers 227, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
  4. Felix Kolle, 2012. "Heterogeneity and Cooperation in Privileged Groups: The Role of Capability and Valuation on Public Goods Provision," Discussion Papers 2012-07, The Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham.

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