Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/93522
Authors: 
Gobien, Simone
Vollan, Björn
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Joint Discussion Paper Series in Economics 31-2013
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
Voluntary resettlement
Social cohesion
Risk-sharing networks
Monetary transfers
Lab-inthe-field experiment
Cambodia
Asia
JEL: 
C93
O15
O22
R23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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