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What motivates common pool resource users? Experimental evidence from the field

Maria Vélez, John Stranlund () and James Murphy ()

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2009, vol. 70, issue 3, 485-497

Abstract: This paper develops and tests several models of pure Nash strategies of individuals who extract from a common pool resource when they are motivated by a combination of self-interest and preferences for altruism, reciprocity, inequity aversion, or conformity. Using data from experiments conducted in three regions of Colombia that depend critically on a local fishery, we test whether an econometric summary of the subjects' pure Nash strategies is consistent with one or more of these models. We find that a model that balances self-interest with a strong preference for conformity best describes average strategies.

Keywords: Altruism; Common; pool; resources; Conformity; Experiments; Reciprocity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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