Communication and punishment in voluntary contribution experiments

Olivier Bochet, Talbot Page, Louis Putterman

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    Abstract

    We compare three forms of communication and punishment as incentives to increase contributions to public goods in laboratory experiments. We find, as in earlier experiments, that face-to-face communication has very strong effects, but surprisingly that verbal communication through a chat room preserving anonymity and excluding facial expression, etc. was almost as efficient. Numerical communication, via computer terminals, had no net effect on contributions or efficiency. Punishment, as in earlier experiments, increased contributions but because of its cost had little net effect on efficiency.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)11-26
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
    Volume60
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 1 2006

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    Punishment
    Communication
    Experiment
    Voluntary contributions
    Anonymity
    Incentives
    Costs
    Laboratory experiments
    Face-to-face communication

    Keywords

    • Cheap talk
    • Collective action
    • Communication
    • Public goods
    • Punishment

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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    Communication and punishment in voluntary contribution experiments. / Bochet, Olivier; Page, Talbot; Putterman, Louis.

    In: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 60, No. 1, 01.05.2006, p. 11-26.

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    Bochet, Olivier ; Page, Talbot ; Putterman, Louis. / Communication and punishment in voluntary contribution experiments. In: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 2006 ; Vol. 60, No. 1. pp. 11-26.
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