Leading by example in a public goods experiment with benefit heterogeneity

Yu, Jing and Kocher, Martin G.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6792-1192 (October 2020) Leading by example in a public goods experiment with benefit heterogeneity. IHS Working Paper Series 25, 46 p.

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Social dilemmas such as greenhouse gas emission reduction are often characterized by heterogeneity in benefits from solving the dilemma. How should leadership of group members be organized in such a setting? We implement a laboratory public goods experiment with heterogeneous marginal per capita returns from the public good and leading by example that is either implemented exogenously or by self-selection. Our results suggest that both exogenous and selfselected leadership only have a small effect on contributions to the public good. We do not find significant differences in contributions for exogenous and self-selected leadership. Leaders seem to need additional instruments to be more effective when benefits are heterogeneous.

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: Public goods experiment; heterogeneous benefits; leading by example
Funders: University of Munich and Economics Department of the University of Munich
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): C91, D03, D64
Research Units: Former Research Units (until 2020) > Insight Austria
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2020 07:32
Last Modified: 03 May 2024 10:47
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/5469

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