Information on Social Value Orientation and Contributions to a Public Good: Theory and Experimental Evidence
33 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2021
Date Written: December 2, 2020
We explore the extent to which information about the social value orientation (SVO) of group members influences contributions to a public good. We compare four networks of information - empty, pair, star and complete. We find that information about SVO has a significant impact on contributions in an experimental setting. This impact is consistent with theoretical predictions based on reciprocity and guilt aversion. We show that a star network with a pro-social manager has the biggest positive effect on contributions.
Keywords: public good, experiment, social value orientation, network
JEL Classification: H41, C72, C92
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