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Continuous Time and Communication in a Public-goods Experiment

  • Charness, Gary
  • Oprea, Ryan
  • Friedman, Dan

We investigate the nature of continuous-time strategic interactions in public-goodsgames. In one set of treatments, four subjects make contribution decisions in continuous timewhile in another they make them only at discrete points of time. The effect of continuous timeis muted in public-goods games compared to simpler social dilemmas; the data suggest thatwidespread coordination problems are to blame. With a rich communication protocol, thesecoordination problems disappear and the median subject contributes fully to the public good,with no time decay. At the median, the same communication protocol is less than half aseffective in discrete time.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, UC Santa Barbara in its series University of California at Santa Barbara, Economics Working Paper Series with number qt5404914p.

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Date of creation: 04 Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:ucsbec:qt5404914p
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