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Experience in public goods experiments

Anna Conte (), Maria Levati () and Natalia Montinari ()

Theory and Decision, 2019, vol. 86, issue 1, No 4, 65-93

Abstract: Abstract Using information on students’ past participation in economic experiments, we analyze whether behavior in public goods games is affected by experience (participation in social dilemma-type experiments) and history (participation in experiments different from social dilemmas). We find that: (1) on average, the amount subjects contribute and expect others to contribute decreases with experience; (2) at the individual level, the proportion of unconditional cooperators decreases with experience, while the proportion of selfish people increases. Finally, history influences behavior less than experience. Researchers are urged to control for subjects’ experience and history to improve the external validity and replicability of results.

Keywords: Public goods experiments; Social preferences; Mixture models; Experience; History (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1007/s11238-018-9670-z

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