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Explaining Public Goods Game Contributions with Rational Ability

Hannes Lang (), Gregory DeAngelo () and Michelle Bongard ()
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Hannes Lang: School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, Technische Universität München, Alte Akademie 12, 85354 Freising, Germany
Gregory DeAngelo: Department of Economics, 1601 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA
Michelle Bongard: RAND Corporation, 4570 Fifth Ave #600, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

Games, 2018, vol. 9, issue 2, 1-9

Abstract: As the link between psychology and economics has grown, so too has research on the link between personality traits and economic behavior. We build on this previous work, bringing to light the relationship between personality traits and contributions in a one-shot public goods game. We find that contributions to the public good are smaller for rational participants as measured by the Rational-Experiential Inventory—revised 40 (REI-40) item scale. We find no effect on contributions for the measures of the Big Five personality traits or the remaining measures from the REI-40.

Keywords: public good; cooperation; psychological traits; REI-40; Big Five (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C C7 C70 C71 C72 C73 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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