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Where are you from? Cultural Differences in Public Good Experiments

Massimo Finocchiaro Castro

No 06/03, Royal Holloway, University of London: Discussion Papers in Economics from Department of Economics, Royal Holloway University of London

Abstract: We study the effect of cultural differences on contributions in a public good experiment, analysing real-time interactions between Italian and British subjects in their home countries. In the first treatment, subjects play in nationally-homogeneous groups. In the second treatment, Italian and British subjects play in heterogeneous groups, knowing the nationality of the group members. In the third treatment, we control for a possible “country effect” by giving players no information on nationality. The data suggest that, in homogeneous groups, British subjects contribute significantly more to the public good; contributions are lower in heterogeneous groups; there is no country effect.

Keywords: public goods; experiments; real time interactions; cultural differences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C92 H41 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-06, Revised 2006-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-cdm, nep-exp, nep-pbe and nep-soc
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