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A comment on framing effects in linear public good games

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  • Edward Cartwright

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    (University of Kent)

Abstract A number of recent papers have looked at framing effects in linear public good games. In this comment, I argue that, within this literature, the distinction between give-take and positive–negative framing effects has become blurred, and that this is a barrier towards understanding the experimental evidence on framing effects. To make these points, I first illustrate that frames can differ along both an externality and choice dimension. I then argue that the existing evidence is consistent with a strong positive–negative framing effect but no give-take framing effect on average contributions.

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Volume (Year): 2 (2016)
Issue (Month): 1 (May)
Pages: 73-84

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jesaex:v:2:y:2016:i:1:d:10.1007_s40881-016-0024-8
DOI: 10.1007/s40881-016-0024-8
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