Ostracism and Common Pool Resource Management in a Developing Country: Young Fishers in the Laboratory
Wisdom Akpalu and
Journal of African Economies, 2012, vol. 21, issue 2, pages 266-306
This paper investigates how the possibility to ostracise, which is a familiar punishment mechanism to subjects in the experiment, affects harvest in a common pool resource experiment. The experiment was framed as a fishing problem and the subjects were young fishers in Ghana. We find that the introduction of the possibility to ostracise other members of a group at a cost to the remaining members of the group decreased over-fishing significantly in comparison with a situation where ostracism was not possible. The ostracism was based on at least 50% voting rule. Moreover, the subjects demonstrated a strong desire to ostracise those who over-fished. Copyright 2012 , Oxford University Press.
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