Private provision of a public good: cooperation and altruism of internet forum users
Alejandro Ros-Galvez and
Alfonso Rosa-García ()
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We run an experiment with users of internet message boards. We find that forum users cooperate more with partners of their own forum than with partners from a different forum but they are equally altruistic when they made a gift to a partner of their forum or from another one. We also find that individuals are more active in the forums, the more altruistic they are; however, we find no relation between activity in the forum and cooperation. These results suggest that the public good provided in internet forums is mainly provided by a group of unconditional altruistic group of users, and that the feeling of community supports the cooperation in that provision.
Keywords: internet forums; public good provision; altruism; cooperation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C9 C90 H41 H42 L86 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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