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Understanding the nature of cooperation variability

Toke R. Fosgaard, Lars Hansen () and Erik Wengström ()

Journal of Public Economics, 2014, vol. 120, issue C, 134-143

Abstract: Our paper investigates framing effects in a large-scale public good experiment. We measure indicators of explanations previously proposed in the literature, which when combined with the large sample, enable us to estimate a structural model of framing effects. The model captures potential causal effects and the heterogeneity of cooperation behavior. We find that framing only has a small effect on the average level of cooperation but a substantial effect on behavioral heterogeneity explained almost exclusively by a corresponding change in the heterogeneity of beliefs about other subjects' behavior. The impact of changes in preferences and game form misperception is on the other hand negligible.

Keywords: Framing; Public goods; Internet experiment; Simulation; Heterogeneous sample (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D03 D64 H41 C72 C93 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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