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From the lab to the field: An experimental investigation of the provision of a club good

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Club goods are an important category of collective goods. However, unlike public goods, very few experiments address the issue of the provision of club goods, and no studies have specifically explored a field case. In this experiment, a membership fee is introduced to improve the successful provision of a threshold collective good. The experiment began in the laboratory with students, and moved progressively through controlled stages to the field with farmers belonging to an association managing an irrigation system. In the laboratory, the experiment reveals that the club good setting significantly increases the successful provision rate of the threshold collective good, and is significantly robust in the intercultural comparison. However, in the field, the club good setting fails to significantly improve the provision of the collective good. The cooperative behavior of farmers explains this difference. In contrast to students, farmers have a high level of cooperation that is sustained over a long period of time.

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  • Bchir, Mohamed Ali, 2014. "From the lab to the field: An experimental investigation of the provision of a club good," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 57-67.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:51:y:2014:i:c:p:57-67
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2014.03.004
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    Keywords

    Public goods; Club goods; Step-level goods; Provision; Farmers; Irrigation system; Field experiment;
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    JEL classification:

    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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