Heterogeneous Productivity in Voluntary Public Good Provision: An Experimental Analysis

33 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2011

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Gerlinde Fellner-Röhling

University of Ulm - Department of Mathematics and Economics

Yoshio Iida

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sabine Kröger

Université Laval - Département d'Économique

Erika Seki

Osaka University - Graduate School of Economics

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. 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.

Keywords: public goods, voluntary contribution mechanism, heterogeneity, information, norms

JEL Classification: C9, H41

Suggested Citation

Fellner-Röhling, Gerlinde and Iida, Yoshio and Kroger, Sabine and Seki, Erika, Heterogeneous Productivity in Voluntary Public Good Provision: An Experimental Analysis. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5556, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1790667

Gerlinde Fellner-Röhling (Contact Author)

University of Ulm - Department of Mathematics and Economics ( email )

Helmholzstrasse
Ulm, D-89081
Germany

Yoshio Iida

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Sabine Kroger

Université Laval - Département d'Économique ( email )

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Ste-Foy, Quebec G1K 7P4 G1K 7P4
Canada

Erika Seki

Osaka University - Graduate School of Economics ( email )

1-7 Machikaneyama
Toyonaka, Osaka, 560-0043
Japan

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