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Does disclosure crowd out cooperation?

  • Martinsson, Peter

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Villegas-Palacio, Clara

    ()

    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

This paper investigates whether disclosure crowds out pro-social behavior using a public goods experiment. In a between-subject design, we investigate different degrees of disclosure. We find a small positive but insignificant effect of disclosure treatments on contributions to the public good. Thus, our empirical findings are consistent with crowding theory.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 446.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 18 May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0446
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