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Public disclosure of players’ conduct and common resources harvesting: experimental evidence from a Nairobi slum

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  • Leonardo Becchetti

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  • Pierluigi Conzo
  • Giacomo Degli Antoni

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We evaluate the effect of information disclosure (feedback on individual contributions and payoffs) on players’ behavior in a multi-period common pool resource game experiment run in an area of notably scarce social capital, such as the Nairobi slum of Kibera. We document that cooperation significantly declines over rounds when such information is revealed. Our results are consistent with the Ostrom (J Econ Perspect 14:137–158, 2000 ) hypothesis that, in the absence of formal punishment rules, the availability of information about individual behavior makes common resource management more difficult and tragedy of the commons easier. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

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  • Leonardo Becchetti & Pierluigi Conzo & Giacomo Degli Antoni, 2015. "Public disclosure of players’ conduct and common resources harvesting: experimental evidence from a Nairobi slum," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 45(1), pages 71-96, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:45:y:2015:i:1:p:71-96
    DOI: 10.1007/s00355-014-0867-y
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    C93; Q20; H40;

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    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General

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