Voluntary participation and cooperation in a collective-good game
Kene Boun My () and
Journal of Economic Psychology, 2010, vol. 31, issue 4, 705-718
We study the effect of voluntary participation in the context of a collective-good experiment. We investigate whether the freedom to participate in the game or not can affect contribution levels over time. The analysis of two voluntary-participation treatments supports a noticeable effect of an attractive exit option on contribution levels. We conclude that voluntary participation can induce a recovery of cooperation levels when the payoff yielded by the exit option is high enough, so that the usually observed decay of average contribution levels can be counteracted.
Keywords: Social; dilemma; Cooperation; Voluntary; participation; Public-good; experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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