Partner Selection in Public Goods Experiments

Coricelli, Giorgio; Fehr, Dietmar and Fellner, Gerlinde (March 2004) Partner Selection in Public Goods Experiments. Former Series > Working Paper Series > IHS Economics Series 151


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Abstract: This paper studies the effect of introducing costly partner selection for the voluntary contribution to a public good. Subjects participate in six sequences of five rounds of a two-person public good game in partner design. At the end of each sequence, subjects can select a new partner out of six group members. Unidirectional and bidirectional partner selection mechanisms are introduced and compared to controls with random partner rematching. Results demonstrate significantly higher cooperation in correspondence to unidirectional partner selection than to bidirectional selection and random rematching. Average monetary effort for being able to choose a partner is substantially high and remains stable.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'Public goods' 'Partner selection' 'Experimental economics'
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): C91, D62, H41
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:37
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 06:33
ISBN: 1605-7996

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