Spread of Information, Inequality and Cooperation

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Pablo Brañas-Garza

Universidad Loyola Andalucia

Elena Molis

University of Granada

Levent Neyse

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

With the rise of information technologies, citizens can compare public good efficiencies between countries easier now and being aware of large efficiency differences may affect tax compliance behavior. We experimentally test whether contributions in the public goods game are sensitive to comparative information regarding marginal per capita returns of other groups. Our experimental results indeed suggest that comparative information creates polarization in contribution levels in the presence of large inequality between comparison groups.

Keywords: Public Goods; Inequality; Cooperation; Information; Experiment

JEL Classification: C9, D8, H4

Suggested Citation

Brañas-Garza, Pablo and Molis, Elena and Neyse, Levent, Spread of Information, Inequality and Cooperation (2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3542317 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3542317

Pablo Brañas-Garza

Universidad Loyola Andalucia ( email )

c/ Escritor Castilla Aguayo
Córdoba, 14004
Spain

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Elena Molis

University of Granada ( email )

C/Rector López Argueta S/N
Granada, Granada 18071
Spain

Levent Neyse (Contact Author)

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

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