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Understanding the Nature of Cooperation Variability

Toke Fosgaard (), Lars Hansen () and Erik Wengström ()
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Toke Fosgaard: Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen

No 2013:6, Working Papers from Lund University, Department of Economics

Abstract: We investigate 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 behavioral heterogeneity of cooperation variability. We find that framing only has a small effect on the average level of cooperation but a substantial effect on behavioral heterogeneity and we show that this can be explained almost exclusively by a corresponding change in the heterogeneity of beliefs about other subjects’ behavior. Preferences are on the other hand stable between frames.

Keywords: Framing; Public Goods; Internet Experiment; Simulation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C13 C71 C93 H41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-cdm, nep-evo and nep-exp
Date: 2013-03-19
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