Minimum Levels and Framing in Public Good Provision

14 Pages Posted: 22 May 2019

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Peter Martinsson

University of Gothenburg - Department of Economics and Statistics

Haileselassie Medhin

University of Gothenburg - School of Global Studies

Emil Persson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 2019

Abstract

Using a laboratory experiment in the field, we examine how the framing of a social dilemma, give to or take from a public good, interacts with a policy intervention that enforces a minimum contribution level to the public good. We find significantly higher cooperation in the give frame than in the take frame in our standard public goods experiment. When a minimum contribution level is introduced, contributions are crowded out in the give frame but crowded in in the take frame. Our results show the importance of choosing the frame when making policy recommendations. ( C91, H41)

Suggested Citation

Martinsson, Peter and Medhin, Haileselassie and Persson, Emil, Minimum Levels and Framing in Public Good Provision (July 2019). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 57, Issue 3, pp. 1568-1581, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3392575 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12768

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Haileselassie Medhin

University of Gothenburg - School of Global Studies ( email )

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Emil Persson

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