Contribution Games and the End-Game Effect: When Things Get Real – An Experimental Analysis

10 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2013

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Ronen Bar-El

Open University of Israel

Yossef Tobol

The Jerusalem College of Technology; The Carmel Academic Center

Abstract

We conduct a contribution game for a real public good and show that when the contributors value the real public good highly, they increase their contributions in each round. Thus, contrary to previous literature, free riding decreases over rounds and the end-game effect is reversed.

Keywords: public goods experiment, end-game effect, free-riding

JEL Classification: C72, C92, H41

Suggested Citation

Bar-El, Ronen and Tobol, Yossef, Contribution Games and the End-Game Effect: When Things Get Real – An Experimental Analysis. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7307, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2245977 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2245977

Ronen Bar-El (Contact Author)

Open University of Israel ( email )

Yossef Tobol

The Jerusalem College of Technology ( email )

Jerusalem
Israel

HOME PAGE: http://www.jct.ac.il/he/tobol

The Carmel Academic Center ( email )

Haifa
Israel

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