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Ostracism and the provision of a public good: experimental evidence

  • Maier-Rigaud, Frank P.
  • Martinsson, Peter
  • Staffiero, Gianandrea

We analyze the effects of ostracism on cooperation in a linear public good experiment with fixed partner design. Our results show that introducing ostracism increases contribution levels significantly except in first and last periods. Despite reductions in group size due to ostracism, the net effect on earnings is positive. This effect is in contrast to most alternative mechanisms aimed at increasing cooperation rates studied in the literature on public good experiments.

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

Volume (Year): 73 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 387-395

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:73:y:2010:i:3:p:387-395
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