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Strategic behavior and learning in repeated voluntary-contribution experiments

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Muller, Laurent; Sefton, Martin; Steinberg, Richard; Vesterlund, Lise

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Abstract Voluntary contribution experiments systematically find that contributions decline over time. We use a two-stage voluntary contribution game to investigate whether this decrease is caused by learning or strategic behavior. Using a strategy method we find a robust pattern of declining contributions: contributions in stage 2 are 45 percent lower than in stage 1. Repeating the game five times we find that experience generates a smaller decline in contributions: stage 1 contributions decrease by around 7 percent per game. Finally we find no significant differences between the strategy and direct-response method, which suggests that our results help explain behavior in the latter.
Keywords experiment
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods; General Psychology
Free Keywords Voluntary contributions; Cooperation
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 782-793
Journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 67 (2008) 3-4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2007.09.001
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)