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Linear Public Goods Experiments: A Meta-Analysis

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  • Jennifer Zelmer

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The objective of this paper is to use meta-analysis techniques to assess the impact of various factors on the extent of cooperation in standard linear public goods experiments using the voluntary contributions mechanism. Potentially relevant experiments were identified through searches of EconLit, the Internet Documents in Economics Access Service (IDEAS), and a survey article. A total of 349 potentially relevant studies were identified. Of these, 28 (representing a total of 711 groups of participants) met the inclusion criteria. Data were abstracted from these studies using a standardized protocol. Results were analyzed using weighted ordinary least squares. Average group efficiency was the dependent variable. The major results are that: (1) The marginal per capita return, communication, constant group composition over the session ("partners"), positive framing, and the use of children as subjects had a positive and significant effect (p

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  • Jennifer Zelmer, 2001. "Linear Public Goods Experiments: A Meta-Analysis," Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports 361, McMaster University.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcm:qseprr:361
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    Keywords

    meta-analysis; public goods; voluntary contribution; experiment;

    JEL classification:

    • B40 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - General
    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments
    • C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods

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