Coordination Under Threshold Uncertainty in a Public Goods Game
Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)
Erasmus University - Rotterdam School of Management
Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) - Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management Research
London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE); Princeton University - Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
December 1, 2011
ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 11-065
We explored experimentally how threshold uncertainty affects coordination success in a threshold public goods game. Whereas all groups succeeded in providing the public good when the exact value of the threshold was known, uncertainty was generally detrimental for the public good provision. The negative effect of threshold uncertainty was particularly severe when it took the form of ambiguity, i.e. when players were not only unaware of the value of the threshold but also of its probability distribution. Early signaling of willingness to contribute and share the burden equitably helped groups in coping with threshold uncertainty.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 42
Keywords: public good, threshold uncertainty, ambiguity, experiment
JEL Classification: C72, C92, H41, Q54working papers series
Date posted: January 12, 2012
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