Chakravarty, Surajeet and Fonseca, Miguel A. (2010): Social identity, group composition and public good provision: an experimental study.
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Social fragmentation has been identified as a potential cause for the under-provision of public goods in developing nations, as well as in urban communities in developed countries such as the U.S. We study the effect of social fragmentation on public good provision using laboratory experiments. We create two artificial social groups in the lab and we assign subjects belonging to both groups to a public good game. The treatment variable is the relative size of each social group, which is a proxy for social fragmentation. We find that while higher social fragmentation leads to lower public good provision, this effect is short-lived. Furthermore, social homogeneity does not lead to higher levels of contributions.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Social identity, group composition and public good provision: an experimental study|
|Keywords:||Social Identity, Public Goods, Social Fragmentation, Experiments.|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D0 - General > D03 - Behavioral Economics; Underlying Principles
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C92 - Laboratory, Group Behavior
D - Microeconomics > D0 - General > D02 - Institutions: Design, Formation, and Operations
H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods > H41 - Public Goods
|Depositing User:||Miguel A. Fonseca|
|Date Deposited:||08. Jun 2010 02:11|
|Last Modified:||19. Feb 2013 13:34|
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