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Title:Unravelling conditional cooperation: Reciprocity, inequity aversion, and anchoring in public goods provision PDF Logo
Authors:Cappelletti, Dominique
Güth, Werner
Ploner, Matteo
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Jena economic research papers 2011,047
Abstract:Extensive research on human cooperation in social dilemmas has shown that individuals condition their behaviour upon the behaviour of others. However, few attempts have been made to disentangle the motivations backing conditional cooperation. We try to assess the relative importance of three motives - namely reciprocity, inequity aversion, and anchoring - in a non-linear voluntary contribution experiment. We find that, for those conditionally cooperating, both reciprocity and inequity aversion represent relevant motivational factors, but the impact of inequity aversion is stronger than that of reciprocity. In contrast, anchoring plays only a marginal role. Compared to what previously found in linear voluntary contribution games, overall we find much less conditional cooperation. In a control treatment with a less complex design, conditional cooperation is higher but still comparatively low.
Subjects:conditional cooperation
experimental economics
public goods
social preferences
JEL:H41
C91
C72
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Jena Economic Research Papers, MPI für Ökonomik

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