Working papers, Department of Economics, WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)
Heterogeneous productivity in voluntary public good provision - An experimental analysis
(), Yoshio Iida
(), Sabine Kröger
() and Erika Seki
Abstract: This article experimentally examines voluntary
contributions when group members' marginal returns to the public good vary.
The experiment implements two marginal return types, low and high, and uses
the information that members have about the heterogeneity to identify the
applied contribution norm. We find that norms vary with the information
environment. If agents are aware of the heterogeneity, contributions
increase in general. However, high types contribute more than low types
when contributions can be linked to the type of the donor but contribute
less otherwise. Low types, on the other hand, contribute more than high
types when group members are aware of the heterogeneity but contributions
cannot be linked to types. Our results underline the importance of the
information structure when persons with different abilities contribute to a
joint project, as in the context of teamwork or charitable giving.
JEL-Codes: C09; H41; (follow links to similar papers)
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