Joint Discussion Paper Series in Economics 31-2013
Mutual aid among villagers in developing countries is often the only means of insuring against economic shocks. We use 'lab-in-the-field experiments' in Cambodian villages to study solidarity in established and newly resettled communities. Both communities are part of a land distribution project for which participants signed up voluntarily. Playing a version of the 'solidarity game', we identify the effect of voluntary resettlement on willingness to help fellow villagers. We find that resettled players transfer on average between 45% and 75% less money than non-resettled players. The social costs of voluntary resettlement seem significantly higher than is commonly assumed.
Voluntary resettlement Social cohesion Risk-sharing networks Monetary transfers Lab-inthe-field experiment Cambodia Asia