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The role of beliefs, trust, and risk in contributions to a public good

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  • Kocher, Martin G.

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    (Department of Economics, University of Munich)

  • Martinsson, Peter

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

  • Matzat, Dominik

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    (Department of Economics, University of Munich)

  • Wollbrant, Conny

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

This paper experimentally investigates the role of beliefs, trust, and risk in shaping cooperative behavior. By applying incentivized elicitation methods to measure these concepts, we find that beliefs about others’ behavior and trust are positively associated with cooperation in a public goods game. However, even though contributing unconditionally to a public good resembles a situation of making decisions under risk, elicited risk preferences do not seem to explain cooperation in a systematic way.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 482.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 12 Jan 2011
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0482
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