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Contribution Games and the End-Game Effect: When Things Get Real – An Experimental Analysis

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  • Bar-El, Ronen

    () (Open University of Israel)

  • Tobol, Yossi

    () (Jerusalem College of Technology (JTC))

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We conduct a contribution game for a real public good and show that when the contributors value the real public good highly, they increase their contributions in each round. Thus, contrary to previous literature, free riding decreases over rounds and the end-game effect is reversed.

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  • Bar-El, Ronen & Tobol, Yossi, 2013. "Contribution Games and the End-Game Effect: When Things Get Real – An Experimental Analysis," IZA Discussion Papers 7307, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7307
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    1. Wilhelm, Mark Ottoni & Brown, Eleanor & Rooney, Patrick M. & Steinberg, Richard, 2008. "The intergenerational transmission of generosity," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, pages 2146-2156.
    2. Ananish Chaudhuri, 2011. "Sustaining cooperation in laboratory public goods experiments: a selective survey of the literature," Experimental Economics, Springer;Economic Science Association, vol. 14(1), pages 47-83, March.
    3. Andereoni, J., 1988. "Why Free Ride? Strategies And Learning In Public Goods Experiments," Working papers 375, Wisconsin Madison - Social Systems.
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    Keywords

    end-game effect; public goods experiment; free-riding;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods

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