Conformity and reciprocity in public good provision


Bardsley, Nicholas and Sausgrueber, Rupert (2005) Conformity and reciprocity in public good provision. Journal of Economic Psychology, 26, (5), 664-681. (doi:10.1016/j.joep.2005.02.001).

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People contribute more to experimental public goods the more others contribute, a tendency called “crowding-in.” We propose a novel experimental design to distinguish two possible causes of crowding-in: reciprocity, the usual explanation, and conformity, a neglected alternative. Subjects are given the opportunity to react to contributions of a payoff-irrelevant group, in addition to their own group. We find evidence of conformity, accounting for roughly 1/3 of crowding-in.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0167-4870 (print)
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Keywords: conformity, reciprocity, ublic good experiment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences
ePrint ID: 35305
Date Deposited: 15 May 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:22
Contact Email Address: nicholas.bardsley@nottingham.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35305

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