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Impulse balance and framing effects in threshold public good games

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  • Edward Cartwright
  • Anna Stepanova
  • Lian Xue

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In this paper, we revisit the evidence for framing effects in threshold public good games. Our particular focus is on why the probability of providing the public good appears to be higher in positive, give frames compared with negative, take frames. We show that the impulse balance theory can explain this effect. We also report a new experiment designed to test the predictions of the impulse balance theory. The results of the experiment fit well, both in quantitative and qualitative terms, with our predictions.

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  • Edward Cartwright & Anna Stepanova & Lian Xue, 2019. "Impulse balance and framing effects in threshold public good games," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 21(5), pages 903-922, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jpbect:v:21:y:2019:i:5:p:903-922
    DOI: 10.1111/jpet.12359
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