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Endowment inequality in public goods games: A re-examination

Shaun Hargreaves Heap, Abhijit Ramalingam () and Brock Stoddard ()

No 16-10R, Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) from School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Abstract: We present a clean test of whether inequality in endowments affects contributions to a public good. It is a clean test because, to our knowledge, it is the first to control for possible endowment effects. We find that the key adverse effect of inequality arises because the rich reduce their contributions when there is inequality.

Keywords: public goods; experiment; inequality; wealth; cooperation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 C92 D31 D63 H41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-exp and nep-gth
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