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Cooperation and framing effects in provision point mechanisms: Experimental evidence

Douadia Bougherara, Laurent Denant-Boèmont () and David Masclet ()

Ecological Economics, 2011, vol. 70, issue 6, 1200-1210

Abstract: Andreoni (1995) showed that pure framing effects may influence contribution in Voluntary Contribution Mechanisms (VCM) by comparing a standard public goods game, called the positive frame condition (giving to the public good), with a negative frame condition (taking from the public good) where the subjects' choice to purchase a private good makes the other subjects worse off. This paper aims at testing the robustness of such framing effects in the context of Provision Point Mechanisms (PPM). Our approach is original in that it combines both framing and provision point dimensions by comparing maintaining (taking from the public good) and creating (giving to the public good) contexts using Provision Point experiments. Consistent with previous findings, we find that individuals tend to be less cooperative in the maintaining frame than in the creating frame. Our results also show that the framing effects are stronger under a PPM than under a VCM and increase with the provision point level. These results may have important consequences for the management of environmental resources.

Keywords: Public; goods; experiment; Provision; point; Framing; effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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