Are Results of Social- and Self-Image Concerns in Voluntary Contributions Game Similar?
Martin Siyaranamual ()
No 201501, Working Papers in Economics and Development Studies (WoPEDS) from Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University
Social interactions may encourage the cooperative behaviours by triggering either self-image concerns (when one sees others’ decisions without being seen) or social-image concerns (when one’s decision is seen by others). A laboratory experiment is designed to compare these two concerns directly, using a four-players finitely repeated public goods experiment on two directed star networks, self-image and social-image networks. The comparison of the players voluntary contributions in both types of networks reveals that their contributing behaviours are statistically indistinguishable. However, the players who belong to the self-image network are more willing to conform with the group behaviours, meaning that they will increase (reduce) the contributions if theirs are below (above) their groups average. Furthermore, I also find evidence that the contributing behaviours are more stable in the self-image networks than in the social-image network.
Keywords: Social-image; Self-image; Directed network; Public good experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C92 D19 H41 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2015-02, Revised 2015-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-cdm, nep-exp, nep-gth, nep-net and nep-soc
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