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Accounting for real wealth in heterogeneous-endowment public good games

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  • Nikolaos Georgantzís

    () (GLOBE & Department of Economics, University of Granada)

  • Antonios Proestakis

    () (GLOBE & Department of Economics, University of Granada)

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Wealth heterogeneity infuences people's behavior in several socioeconomic environments, especially when groups consisting of "unequal" members have to take a collective action which affects all members equally or proportionally. After eliciting real out-of-lab wealth, we form 4-player groups playing an one-shot public good game with heterogeneous laboratory endowments. Endowing subjects according or against their real wealth gives rise to a series of interesting results. Endowment heterogeneity, lack of real relative wealth information and being "rich" both inside and outside the lab raise contributions. Finally, when eliciting subjects' beliefs, we find out that only relatively "poor" subjects expect others to contribute more than what they actually are prepared to do theirselves.

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  • Nikolaos Georgantzís & Antonios Proestakis, 2011. "Accounting for real wealth in heterogeneous-endowment public good games," ThE Papers 10/20, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..
  • Handle: RePEc:gra:wpaper:10/20
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    1. Kesternich, Martin & Lange, Andreas & Sturm, Bodo, 2014. "The impact of burden sharing rules on the voluntary provision of public goods," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 105(C), pages 107-123.
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    3. Annarita COLASANTE & Alberto RUSSO, 2014. "The Impact of Inequality on Cooperation: An Experimental Study," Working Papers 401, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
    4. Agathe Rouaix & Charles Figuières & Marc Willinger, 2015. "The trade-off between welfare and equality in a public good experiment," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 45(3), pages 601-623, October.
    5. Kesternich, Martin & Lange, Andreas & Sturm, Bodo, 2014. "On the performance of rule-based contribution schemes under endowment heterogeneity," ZEW Discussion Papers 14-055, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    6. Peter Martinsson & Clara Villegas-Palacio & Conny Wollbrant, 2015. "Cooperation and social classes: evidence from Colombia," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 45(4), pages 829-848, December.

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    Public goods; experiment; endowment heterogeneity; real wealth;

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