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Second Thoughts on Free Riding

  • Nielsen, Ulrik H.

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    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Tyran, Jean-Robert

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    (Department of Economics, University of Vienna)

  • Wengström, Erik

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

We use the strategy method to classify subjects into cooperator types in a large-scale online Public Goods Game and find that free riders spend more time on making their decisions than conditional cooperators and other cooperator types. This result is robust to reversing the framing of the game and is not driven by free riders lacking cognitive ability, confusion, or natural swiftness in responding. Our results suggest that conditional cooperation serves as a norm and that free riders need time to resolve a moral dilemma.

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2013:29.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 11 Sep 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2013_029
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