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Subjects in the Lab, Activists in the Field: Public Goods and Punishment

Chetan Dave (), Sjur Hamre (), Curtis Kephart () and Alicja Reuben ()
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Sjur Hamre: Duke University
Curtis Kephart: R-Studio
Alicja Reuben: New York University Abu Dhabi

No 2019-6, Working Papers from University of Alberta, Department of Economics

Abstract: We compare standard (laboratory) and non-standard (field) subject pool behavior in an extensive form public goods game with random punishment. Our experimental investigation is motivated by real-world ‘Activists’ encouraging public goods provision by firms; an activity known as corporate social responsibility. We find that relative to laboratory subjects, activists in Mumbai are more willing to settle at the Nash equilibrium of the game (which entails increased provision of public goods) and are more willing to punish non-cooperative firm behavior even if such punishments hurt their own payoffs.

Keywords: Public goods; punishment; non-standard subject pool (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C92 C93 D64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 109 pages
Date: 2019-04-23
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-exp, nep-gth and nep-res
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