On Delays in Project Completion with Cost Reduction: An Experiment
Shubhro Sarkar () and
Anthony M. Kwasnica ()
Additional contact information Shubhro Sarkar: Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Gen. A.K. Vaidya Marg, Goregaon East, Mumbai, 400065, India
Anthony M. Kwasnica: Smeal College of Business Administration, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
We examine the voluntary provision of a public project via binary contributions when contributions may be made over multiple periods. In many situations, early contributors are likely to pay a higher cost than those who wait. We show that in such circumstances the provision of the project always involves delay. Because this game involves coordination on complex, dynamic strategies in the face of asymmetries in payoffs, we examine behavior in the laboratory.