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Information sharing is not always the right option when it comes to CPR extraction management: experimental finding

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  • Dimitri Dubois

    (CEE-M - Centre d'Economie de l'Environnement - Montpellier - FRE2010 - Montpellier SupAgro - Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier - Institut Agro - Institut national d'enseignement supérieur pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UM - Université de Montpellier)

  • Stefano Farolfi

    (UMR G-EAU - Gestion de l'Eau, Acteurs, Usages - Cirad - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement - AgroParisTech - Montpellier SupAgro - Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier - Institut Agro - Institut national d'enseignement supérieur pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement - IRSTEA - Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l'environnement et l'agriculture - IRD - Institut de Recherche pour le Développement)

  • Phu Nguyen-Van

    (BETA - Bureau d'Économie Théorique et Appliquée - UNISTRA - Université de Strasbourg - UL - Université de Lorraine - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)

  • Juliette Rouchier

    (LAMSADE - Laboratoire d'analyse et modélisation de systèmes pour l'aide à la décision - Université Paris Dauphine-PSL - PSL - Université Paris sciences et lettres - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

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We experimentally investigate the impact of information sharing in a common pool resource game. More precisely, we test whether the voluntary disclosure of the decision by a player has a positive impact on the extraction level exhibited by the group compared to the level observed when decisions are compulsory disclosed. We design an experiment composed by three treatments: a mandatory disclosure treatment and two treatments where players are free to choose whether or not to disclose their decisions. The latter differ by the degree of freedom given to players. In the treatment « Voluntary Free Disclosure » players are also free to choose the extraction level that is displayed, while in the treatment « Voluntary Binary Disclosure » if the player discloses h(is)er decision the value displayed is the effective extraction level. We observe that the voluntary disclosure has a positive effect in the social dilemma, measured by lower average extraction levels. However the disclosure mechanism should not allow to self-declare extraction: here it reveals a large tendency to lie leading to an increase in extraction.

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  • Dimitri Dubois & Stefano Farolfi & Phu Nguyen-Van & Juliette Rouchier, 2018. "Information sharing is not always the right option when it comes to CPR extraction management: experimental finding," Working Papers hal-01947419, HAL.
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    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General
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