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Risk and Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from Stochastic Public Good Games

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  • Vesely, Stepan

    (Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Wengström, Erik

    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

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Outcomes in social dilemmas often have a stochastic component. We report experimental findings from public good games with both correlated and independent risk across players. We find that the presence of both types of risk prevents the decay of cooperation typically observed in the standard deterministic public good game. The results further suggest that it is greater relative importance of social norms or warm glow giving, rather than risk sharing opportunities that foster cooperation in our stochastic public good game.

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  • Vesely, Stepan & Wengström, Erik, 2017. "Risk and Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from Stochastic Public Good Games," Working Papers 2017:3, Lund University, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    risk pooling; risk sharing; social norms; linear public goods game; cooperation decay; stable cooperation;
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    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods

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