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Title:Sequential versus simultaneous contributions to public goods: Experimental evidence PDF Logo
Authors:Gächter, Simon
Nosenzo, Daniele
Renner, Elke
Sefton, Martin
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:CeDEx discussion paper series 2009-17
Abstract:We report an experiment comparing sequential and simultaneous contributions to a public good in a quasi-linear two-person setting. In one parameterization we find that overall provision is lower under sequential than simultaneous contributions, as predicted, but the distribution of contributions is not as extreme as predicted and first movers do not attain their predicted firstmover advantage. In another parameterization we again find that the distribution of contributions is not as predicted when the first mover is predicted to free ride, but we find strong support for equilibrium predictions when the second mover is predicted to free ride. These results can be explained by second movers' willingness to punish first movers who free ride, and unwillingness to reward first movers who contribute.
Subjects:public goods
voluntary contributions
sequential moves
experiment
JEL:C92
D03
H41
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CeDEx Discussion Paper Series, The University of Nottingham

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