Koukoumelis, Anastasios Levati, Maria Vittoria Weisser, Johannes
Year of Publication:
Jena Economic Research Papers 2009,106
In this paper, we study a voluntary contribution mechanism with one-way communication. The relevance of one person's words is assessed by assigning exogenously the role of the communicator to one group member. Contrary to the view that the mutual exchange of promises is necessary for the cooperation-enhancing effect of communication, we ̈i¬nd that, compared to a standard voluntary contribution mechanism with no communication, one-way communication signïi¬cantly increases contributions and renders them stable over time. Moreover, the positive effects of one-way communication persist even when communication is one-shot.
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