Social Learning and Norms in an Experimental Public Goods Game with Inter-generational Advice

Show simple item record Chaudhuri, Ananish en 2012-03-07T21:50:05Z en 2006 en
dc.identifier.citation Review of Economic Studies 73(2):357-380 2006 en
dc.identifier.issn 0034-6527 en
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dc.description.abstract We study a linear public goods game using an inter-generational approach. Subjects in one generation leave advice for the succeeding generation via free-form messages. Such advice can be private knowledge (advice left by one player in generation t is given only to his or her immediate successor in generation t+ 1), public knowledge (advice left by players of generation t is made available to all members of generation t+ 1), and common knowledge (where the advice is not only public but is also read aloud by the experimenter). Common knowledge of advice generates a process of social learning that leads to high contributions and less free-riding. This behaviour is sustained by advice that is generally exhortative, suggesting high contributions, which in turn creates optimistic beliefs among subjects about others’ contributions. We suggest that socially connected communities may achieve high contributions to a public good even in the absence of punishment for norm violators. en
dc.publisher The Review of Economic Studies Limited en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Review of Economic Studies en
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dc.title Social Learning and Norms in an Experimental Public Goods Game with Inter-generational Advice en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1467-937X.2006.0379.x en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 357 en
pubs.volume 73 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The Review of Economic Studies Limited en
pubs.end-page 380 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 150787 en Business and Economics en Economics en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-18 en

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