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The benefits of voluntary leadership in experimental public goods games

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  • Rivas, M. Fernanda
  • Sutter, Matthias

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We study the effects of voluntary leadership in experimental public goods games when each group member can volunteer to contribute before the other members. We find that voluntary leadership increases contributions significantly, compared to a treatment where leadership is enforced exogenously.

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  • Rivas, M. Fernanda & Sutter, Matthias, 2011. "The benefits of voluntary leadership in experimental public goods games," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 112(2), pages 176-178, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:112:y:2011:i:2:p:176-178
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