Estimation of the House Money Effect Using Hurdle Models
15 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2012
Date Written: May 2012
Evidence from an experiment investigating the “house money effect” in the context of a public goods game is reconsidered. Analysis is performed within the framework of the panel hurdle model, in which subjects are assumed to be one of two types: free-riders, and potential contributors. The effect of house money is seen to be significant in the first hurdle: specifically, house money makes a subject more likely to be a potential contributor. Hence we find that the effect of house money is more than just an effect on behaviour; it has the effect of changing a subject from one type to another. This result is potentially important in the external validity debate.
Keywords: Public Good Experiment, Hurdle Model, double hurdle model, Tobit, panel data
JEL Classification: H41, D63, D64, C91, D62, D03, C24, C23
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