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Social ties in a public good experiment

  • van Dijk, Frans
  • Sonnemans, Joep
  • van Winden, Frans

The formation of social ties is examined in an experimental study of voluntary public good provision. The experimental design consists of three parts. In the first part the value orientation (attitude to a generalized other) is measured. In the second part couples play a multi-period public good game. In the third part the attitudes of subjects to their partners in the public good game is measured. The concept of social tie is operationalized as the difference between the measurements in the first and third parts. Evidence for the occurrence of social ties is found. These ties depend on the success of the interaction in the public good game.

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Volume (Year): 85 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 275-299

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