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Comparing the Effectiveness of Regulation and Pro-Social Emotions to Enhance Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from Fishing Communities in Colombia

Maria Claudia Lopez (), James Murphy (), John Spraggon () and John Stranlund ()

No 2010-07, Working Papers from University of Alaska Anchorage, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper presents the results from a series of framed field experiments conducted in fishing communities off the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The goal is to investigate the relative effectiveness of exogenous regulatory pressure and pro-social emotions in promoting cooperative behavior in a public goods context. The random public revelation of an individual’s contribution and its consequences for the rest of the group leads to significantly higher public good contributions and social welfare than regulatory pressure, even under regulations that are designed to motivate fully efficient contributions.

Keywords: field experiments; regulations; public goods; experimental economics; social dilemma; emotions; environmental economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 H41 Q20 Q28 Q56 D70 C90 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-04
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Published in Economic Inquiry, 50(1):131-142.

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Working Paper: Comparing the Effectiveness of Regulation and Pro-Social Emotions to Enhance Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from Fishing Communities in Colombia (2009) Downloads
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