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Planning ahead: eliciting intentions and beliefs in a public goods game

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  • Luis G. Gonzalez

    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany)

  • M. Vittoria Levati

    () (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany)

Abstract

In a two-person ï¬ nitely repeated public goods experiment, we use intentions data to interpret individual behavior. Based on a random-utility model speciï¬ cation, we develop a relationship between a player's beliefs about others' behavior and his contributions' plans, and use this relationship to identify the player's most likely preference "type". Our estimation analysis indicates that players are heterogeneous in their preferences also at the intentional level. Moreover, our data show that deviations from intended actions are positively related to changes in beliefs, thereby suggesting that people are able to plan.

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  • Luis G. Gonzalez & M. Vittoria Levati, 2007. "Planning ahead: eliciting intentions and beliefs in a public goods game," Jena Economic Research Papers 2007-104, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2007-104
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    Keywords

    Public goods games; Experiments; Latent-class logit; Conditional cooperation;

    JEL classification:

    • C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
    • 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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