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House money effects in public good experiments: Comment

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We reconsider evidence from experiments that claim to show that using “house money” in standard public goods experiments has no effect on behavior. We show that it does have an effect when one examines the data using appropriate statistical methods that consider individual-level responses and account for the error structure of the panel data. Copyright Economic Science Association 2007

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  • Glenn Harrison, 2007. "House money effects in public good experiments: Comment," Experimental Economics, Springer;Economic Science Association, vol. 10(4), pages 429-437, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:expeco:v:10:y:2007:i:4:p:429-437
    DOI: 10.1007/s10683-006-9145-x
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