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Title:Are cooperators efficiency- or fair-minded?: evidence from a public goods experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Levati, Maria Vittoria
Ploner, Matteo
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Jena economic research papers 2007,067
Abstract:We use a two-person public goods experiment to distinguish between effciency and fairness as possible motivations for cooperative behavior. Asymmetric marginal per capita returns allow only the high-productivity player to increase group payoffs when contributing positive amounts. Asymmetric contributions, however, yield unequal individual payoffs. To assess a priori cooperative preferences, we measure individual `value-orientations' by means of the decomposed game technique. Overall, our results indicate that fairness (or inequality aversion) is more in°uential than efficiency in driving behavior.
Subjects:Public goods experiments
Conditional cooperation
Fairness
Effciency
Value orientations
JEL:A13
C92
D63
H41
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Jena Economic Research Papers, MPI für Ökonomik

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