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Announcement, observation, and honesty in the voluntary contributions game

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  • Laurent Denant-Boèmont

    (CREM - Centre de Recherche en Economie et Management - UNICAEN - Université Caen Normandie - UR1 - Université de Rennes 1 - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • David Masclet

    (CREM - Centre de Recherche en Economie et Management - UNICAEN - Université Caen Normandie - UR1 - Université de Rennes 1 - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CIRANO - Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations - UQAM - Université du Québec à Montréal)

  • Charles Noussair

    (Department of economics, Tilburg University - Tilburg University [Netherlands])

In this paper, we study the effect of pre-play announcements and ex-post observation of decisions on voluntary public good provision. We find that requiring announcements, in conjunction with making contribution decisions public, has a significantly positive effect on the average level of contributions. Those treatments, in which announcements are elicited, permit the truthfulness of subjects' announcements to be measured. We find that high contributors are more honest, the truthfulness of others is reciprocated with greater honesty and announcements are more honest when contribution decisions are observable.

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Date of creation: 2011
Publication status: Published in Pacific Economic Review, Wiley, 2011, 16 (2), pp.207-228. <10.1111/j.1468-0106.2011.00543.x>
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00656762
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0106.2011.00543.x
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