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The Relation between Information and Heterogeneous Ability in Joint Projects - An experimental Analysis -

Gerlinde Fellner-Röhling (), Yoshio Iida, Sabine Kröger () and Erika Seki

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Abstract: We study voluntary contribution behavior of individuals who vary in their ability to contribute to a joint project under different information scenarios. We investigate a situation with two types who vary only in their external marginal return (low and high). Results of a laboratory experiment suggest that, when group members are not aware of the heterogeneity in their group, both types make the same nominal contributions. When agents are informed about the heterogeneity, contributions increase but differently by type. High types contribute only more with sufficient social exposure, i.e., when information on the type of the contributor is available. Low types, on the other hand, contribute only more when they are aware of the distribution of types, but have no information on the type of the contributor.

Keywords: Public goods; Voluntary contribution mechanism; Heterogeneity; Information; Norms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C9 H41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-cdm, nep-cta, nep-exp, nep-ppm and nep-soc
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