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Are people conditionally cooperative? Evidence from a public goods experiment

Authors
Journal
Economics Letters
0165-1765
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
71
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0165-1765(01)00394-9
Keywords
  • Voluntary Contributions
  • Conditional Cooperation
  • Free Riding
  • Strategy-Method
  • Experiments

Abstract

Abstract We study the importance of conditional cooperation in a one-shot public goods game by using a variant of the strategy-method. We find that a third of the subjects can be classified as free riders, whereas 50% are conditional cooperators.

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