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Framing and cooperation in public good games: an experiment with an interior solution

  • Willinger, Marc
  • Ziegelmeyer, Anthony

We show that experimental subjects tend to contribute more to the public good if they perceive the actions of the others as a source of positive externality rather than a source of negative externality. In our experiment partial contribution to the public good is the unique subgame perfect equilibrium for the repeated game.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 65 (1999)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 323-328

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  1. Andreoni, James, 1995. "Warm-Glow versus Cold-Prickle: The Effects of Positive and Negative Framing on Cooperation in Experiments," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 110(1), pages 1-21, February.
  2. Keser, Claudia, 1996. "Voluntary contributions to a public good when partial contribution is a dominant strategy," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 50(3), pages 359-366, March.
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