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Matching contributions and the voluntary provision of a pure public good: Experimental evidence

  • Baker II, Ronald J.
  • Walker, James M.
  • Williams, Arlington W.

Laboratory experiments are used to study the voluntary provision of a pure public good in the presence of an anonymous external donor. The external funds are used in two different settings, lump-sum matching and one-to-one matching, to examine how allocations to the public good are affected. The experimental results reveal that allocations to the public good under lump-sum matching are significantly higher and have significantly lower within-group dispersion relative to one-to-one matching and two baseline settings without external matching funds. In addition, a comparison of the two baseline conditions reveals a positive framing effect on public goods allocations when it is explicitly revealed to subjects that an outside source has made an unconditional allocation to the public good.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Volume (Year): 70 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1-2 (May)
Pages: 122-134

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