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Playing with the Good Guys: A Public Good Game with Endogenous Group Formation

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  • Brekke, Kjell Arne

    () (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Hauge, Karen Evely

    () (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Lind, Jo Thori

    () (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Nyborg, Karine

    () (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

Abstract

In public good games, voluntary contributions tend to start o high and decline as the game is repeated. If high contributors are matched, however, contributions tend to stay high. We propose a formalization predicting that high contributors will selfselect into groups committed to charitable giving. Testing this experimentally, we let subjects choose between two group types, where one type donate a xed amount to a charity. Contributions in these groups stayed high, whereas contributions in the other groups showed the well known declining pattern. One implication is that corporate social responsibility may attract more responsible employees.

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  • Brekke, Kjell Arne & Hauge, Karen Evely & Lind, Jo Thori & Nyborg, Karine, 2009. "Playing with the Good Guys: A Public Good Game with Endogenous Group Formation," Memorandum 08/2009, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Altruism; conditional cooperation; self-selection;

    JEL classification:

    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods

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