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Ostracism and the provision of a public good: experimental evidence

Authors
Journal
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
0167-2681
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
73
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2009.11.001
Keywords
  • Ostracism
  • Exclusion
  • Public Good
  • Teamwork
  • Experiment
Disciplines
  • Design

Abstract

Abstract We analyze the effects of ostracism on cooperation in a linear public good experiment with fixed partner design. Our results show that introducing ostracism increases contribution levels significantly except in first and last periods. Despite reductions in group size due to ostracism, the net effect on earnings is positive. This effect is in contrast to most alternative mechanisms aimed at increasing cooperation rates studied in the literature on public good experiments.

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