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Confusion and Learning in the Voluntary Contributions Game

  • Ralph-C Bayer

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    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

  • Elke Renner

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    (School of Economics, University of Nottingham)

  • Rupert Sausbruber

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    (Department of Economics & Statistics, University of Innsbruck)

We use a limited information environment to assess the role of confusion in the repeated voluntary contributions game. A comparison with play in a standard version of the game suggests, that the common claim that decision errors due to confused subjects biases estimates of cooperation upwards, is not necessarily correct. Furthermore, we find that simple learning cannot generate the kind of contribution dynamics commonly attributed to the existence of conditional cooperators. We conclude that cooperative behavior and its decay observed in public goods games is not a pure artefact of confusion and learning.

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Paper provided by The Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham in its series Discussion Papers with number 2012-18.

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