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Heterogeneous social preferences and the dynamics of free riding in public goods


Fischbacher, Urs; Gächter, Simon (2006). Heterogeneous social preferences and the dynamics of free riding in public goods. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 261, University of Zurich.

Abstract

"We provide a direct test of the role of social preferences in voluntary cooperation. We elicit individuals’ cooperation preference in one experiment and make a point prediction about the contribution to a repeated public good. This allows for a novel test as to whether there are ""types"" of players who behave consistently with their elicited preferences. We find clear-cut evidence for the existence of ""types"". People who express free rider preferences show the most systematic deviation from the predicted contributions, because they contribute in the first half of the experiment. We also show that the interaction of heterogeneous types explains a large part of the dynamics of free riding. "

Abstract

"We provide a direct test of the role of social preferences in voluntary cooperation. We elicit individuals’ cooperation preference in one experiment and make a point prediction about the contribution to a repeated public good. This allows for a novel test as to whether there are ""types"" of players who behave consistently with their elicited preferences. We find clear-cut evidence for the existence of ""types"". People who express free rider preferences show the most systematic deviation from the predicted contributions, because they contribute in the first half of the experiment. We also show that the interaction of heterogeneous types explains a large part of the dynamics of free riding. "

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:January 2006
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:47
Last Modified:12 Aug 2017 13:01
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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