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Title:Reluctant recyclers: Social interaction in responsibility ascription PDF Logo
Authors:Brekke, Kjell Arne
Kipperberg, Gorm
Nyborg, Karine
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo 2007,16
Abstract:Several studies have demonstrated that individual contributions to public goods are increasing in others’ contributions. The underlying causes for this, however, are not yet fully understood. We present a model of duty-orientation in which moral responsibility is learned through observations of others’ behavior. Since, in our model, responsibility is a burden, we hypothesize that individuals will be reluctant to accept responsibility based on uncertain information. Econometric analysis of data from a survey on households’ glass recycling indicates that perceived responsibility is a major determinant for reported recycling; that responsibility ascription is influenced by beliefs about others’ behavior; and that people are indeed reluctant to accept responsibility based on uncertain information.
Subjects:Voluntary contributions
duty-orientation
recycling
joint FIML estimation
JEL:D11
D12
D64
Q53
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo

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