Framing and Misperception in Public Good Experiments

22 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2017

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Toke Fosgaard

University of Copenhagen - Institute of Food and Resource Economics

Lars Gårn Hansen

University of Copenhagen

Erik Wengström

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 2017

Abstract

Earlier studies have found that framing has a substantial impact on the degree of cooperation observed in public good experiments. We show that the way the public good game is framed affects misperceptions about the incentives of the game. Moreover, we show that such framing‐induced differences in misperceptions are linked to the framing effect on subjects' cooperation behavior. When we do not control for the different levels of misperceptions between frames, we observe a significant framing effect on subjects' cooperation preferences. However, this framing effect becomes insignificant once we remove subjects who misperceive.

Keywords: Cooperation, experiment, framing, heterogeneous sample, misperception, social dilemma

JEL Classification: C90, D03, H41

Suggested Citation

Fosgaard, Toke and Hansen, Lars Gårn and Wengström, Erik, Framing and Misperception in Public Good Experiments (April 2017). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 119, Issue 2, pp. 435-456, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2939947 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjoe.12165

Toke Fosgaard (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - Institute of Food and Resource Economics ( email )

Rolighedsvej 25
Copenhagen, 1958
Denmark

Lars Gårn Hansen

University of Copenhagen

Erik Wengström

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

Øster Farimagsgade 5
Bygning 26
1353 Copenhagen K.
Denmark

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.ku.dk/wengstrom

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