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Crossing the Point of No Return: A Public Goods Experiment

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  • Urs Fischbacher
  • Werner G�th
  • M. Vittoria Levati

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Participants in a public goods experiment receive private or common signals regarding the so-called 'point of no return', meaning that if the group�s total contribution falls below this point, all payoffs are reduced. An individual faces the usual conflict between private and collective interests above the point of no return, while he incurs the risk of damaging everyone by not surpassing the point. Our data reveal that contributions are higher if the cost of not reaching the threshold is high. In particular if the signal is private, many subjects are not willing to provide the necessary contribution.

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  • Urs Fischbacher & Werner G�th & M. Vittoria Levati, 2011. "Crossing the Point of No Return: A Public Goods Experiment," TWI Research Paper Series 72, Thurgauer Wirtschaftsinstitut, Universität Konstanz.
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    1. Doruk İriş & Jungmin Lee & Alessandro Tavoni, 2015. "Delegation and public pressure in a threshold public goods game: theory and experimental evidence," GRI Working Papers 186, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
    2. Freytag, Andreas & Güth, Werner & Koppel, Hannes & Wangler, Leo, 2014. "Is regulation by milestones efficiency enhancing? An experimental study of environmental protection," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 71-84.
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    4. Bolle, Friedel & Spiller, Jörg, 2016. "Not efficient but payoff dominant: Experimental investigations of equilibrium play in binary threshold public good games," Discussion Papers 379, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Department of Business Administration and Economics.

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    Keywords

    Public goods; provision point mechanism; experiments; reduction factor; signal;

    JEL classification:

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

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