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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: 2005
Keywords: conformity, reciprocity, ublic good experiment


Local EPrints ID: 35305
ISSN: 0167-4870
PURE UUID: c2b0012a-661a-42a0-b497-e5203776f645

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Date deposited: 15 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:48

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Author: Nicholas Bardsley
Author: Rupert Sausgrueber

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