Taking the Well-Being of Future Generations Seriously: Do People Contribute More to Intra-Temporal or Inter-Temporal Public Goods?

ESSEC Working Paper 1313

18 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2013

See all articles by Gilles Grolleau

Gilles Grolleau

Montpellier SupAgro and Researcher at LAMETA

Angela Sutan

LESSAC, Burgundy School of Business

Radu Vranceanu

ESSEC Business School; University of Cergy-Pontoise - THEMA

Date Written: September 25, 2013

Abstract

We investigate the dynamics of cooperation in public good games when contributions to the public good are immediately redistributed across contributors (intra-temporal transfers) and when contributions to the public good by the current group are transferred over time to a future group (inter-temporal transfers). We show that people are more cooperative in inter-temporal contexts than in intra-temporal contexts. We also find that subjects invest more on average in public goods when they know in advance their inheritance from the past.

Keywords: Public goods, Voluntary contribution mechanism, Inter-temporal vs intra-temporal transfers, Sustainable development

JEL Classification: C72, C92, H41

Suggested Citation

Grolleau, Gilles and Sutan, Angela and Vranceanu, Radu, Taking the Well-Being of Future Generations Seriously: Do People Contribute More to Intra-Temporal or Inter-Temporal Public Goods? (September 25, 2013). ESSEC Working Paper 1313, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2333538 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2333538

Gilles Grolleau (Contact Author)

Montpellier SupAgro and Researcher at LAMETA ( email )

France

Angela Sutan

LESSAC, Burgundy School of Business ( email )

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France

Radu Vranceanu

ESSEC Business School ( email )

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