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The role of beliefs, trust, and risk in contributions to a public good

Martin Kocher (), Peter Martinsson, Dominik Matzat () and Conny Wollbrant ()
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Dominik Matzat: Department of Economics, University of Munich

No 482, Working Papers in Economics from University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper experimentally investigates the role of beliefs, trust, and risk in shaping cooperative behavior. By applying incentivized elicitation methods to measure these concepts, we find that beliefs about others’ behavior and trust are positively associated with cooperation in a public goods game. However, even though contributing unconditionally to a public good resembles a situation of making decisions under risk, elicited risk preferences do not seem to explain cooperation in a systematic way.

Keywords: Public goods; cooperation; risk preferences; trust; experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D03 D64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-01-12
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