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Game Participation and Preservation of the Commons: An Experimental Approach

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  • Jens Rommel

    () (Institute of Socio-economics, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Eberswalder Straße 84, Müncheberg 15374, Germany)

  • Sergio Villamayor-Tomas

    () (Department of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, Berlin 10099, Germany)

  • Malte Müller

    () (Department of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, Berlin 10099, Germany)

  • Christine Werthmann

    () (Department of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, Berlin 10099, Germany)

Abstract

Framed field experiments are widely applied to study behavior in common pool resource dilemmas. Anecdotal evidence suggests that participation in such experiments improves cooperation in actual field settings. Yet, formal tests of such relationships are absent from the literature. We present results from a field experiment, investigating how participation in a two person prisoner’s dilemma game affects contributions to a global public good, as measured by donations to an environmental foundation. We find that subjects who participate in the prisoner’s dilemma game donate slightly more than subjects who do not participate in the game. Participants who are paired with a cooperative player in the prisoner’s dilemma also donate more. We further find that donations substantially increase with income and decrease with concern for environmental issues.

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  • Jens Rommel & Sergio Villamayor-Tomas & Malte Müller & Christine Werthmann, 2015. "Game Participation and Preservation of the Commons: An Experimental Approach," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(8), pages 1-15, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:7:y:2015:i:8:p:10021-10035:d:53141
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    1. Appel, Franziska & Balmann, Alfons & Dong, Changxing & Rommel, Jens, 2018. "FarmAgriPoliS: An agricultural business management game for behavioral experiments, teaching, and gaming," IAMO Discussion Papers 271455, Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO).
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    Keywords

    cooperation; environmental behavior; experimental economics; field experiment; land use conflicts and governance; prisoner’s dilemma;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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