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Are Results of Social- and Self-Image Concerns in Voluntary Contributions Game Similar?

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  • Martin Daniel Siyaranamual

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    (Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University)

Social interactions may encourage the cooperative behaviours by triggering either self-image concerns (when one sees others’ decisions without being seen) or social-image concerns (when one’s decision is seen by others). A laboratory experiment is designed to compare these two concerns directly, using a four-players finitely repeated public goods experiment on two directed star networks, self-image and social-image networks. The comparison of the players voluntary contributions in both types of networks reveals that their contributing behaviours are statistically indistinguishable. However, the players who belong to the self-image network are more willing to conform with the group behaviours, meaning that they will increase (reduce) the contributions if theirs are below (above) their groups average. Furthermore, I also find evidence that the contributing behaviours are more stable in the self-image networks than in the social-image network.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University in its series Working Papers in Economics and Development Studies (WoPEDS) with number 201501.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2015
Date of revision: Feb 2015
Handle: RePEc:unp:wpaper:201501
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