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Anomalous Behavior in Public Goods Experiments: How Much and Why?

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  • Thomas R. Palfrey
  • Jeffrey Prisbrey

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The authors report the results of voluntary contributions experiments where subjects are randomly assigned different rates of return from their private consumption. These random assignments are changed round to round, enabling the measurement of individual player contribution rates as a function of that player's investment cost. The authors directly test these response functions for the presence of warm-glow and/or altruism effects. They find significant evidence for heterogeneous warm-glow effects that are, on average, low in magnitude. The authors statistically reject the presence of an altruism effect. Copyright 1997 by American Economic Association.
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  • Thomas R. Palfrey & Jeffrey Prisbrey, 2010. "Anomalous Behavior in Public Goods Experiments: How Much and Why?," Levine's Working Paper Archive 1380, David K. Levine.
  • Handle: RePEc:cla:levarc:1380
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