Identifiability of Individual Contributions in a Threshold Public Goods Experiment

Rachel Croson, Melanie Marks

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This paper experimentally examines how information affects behavior in a threshold public goods game. Three treatments investigate how subjects react to varying amounts of information about the contribution behavior of other group members. Results suggest that revealing anonymous information about others' contributions leads to a significant decrease in contributions and an increase in the variance of contributions. In contrast, when individual contributions are identified by subject number, average contributions increase and the variance of contributions decreases significantly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-190
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Mathematical Psychology
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jun 1 1998

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