Ros-Galvez, Alejandro and Rosa-García, Alfonso (2014): Private provision of a public good: cooperation and altruism of internet forum users.
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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.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Private provision of a public good: cooperation and altruism of internet forum users|
|Keywords:||internet forums; public good provision; altruism; cooperation|
|Subjects:||C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C90 - General
H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods > H41 - Public Goods
H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods > H42 - Publicly Provided Private Goods
L - Industrial Organization > L8 - Industry Studies: Services > L86 - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
|Depositing User:||PhD. Alfonso Rosa-García|
|Date Deposited:||29. Jul 2014 15:10|
|Last Modified:||29. Jul 2014 15:59|
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