Friendship in a Public Good Experiment

24 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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Marco A. Haan

University of Groningen

Peter Kooreman

Tilburg University - Center and Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Tineke Riemersma

University of Groningen

Date Written: April 2006

Abstract

We conduct a public good experiment with high school teenagers. Some groups exclusively consist of students that we know to be friends. Other groups exclusively consist of students that we know not to be friends, and that are mere classmates. We find that 'friends' contribute more to the public good than 'classmates' do. Contributions of 'classmates' sharply decrease in the last round, in line with the literature on public good experiments. However, contributions of 'friends' sharply increase in the last round.

Keywords: experimental economics, public goods, friendship

JEL Classification: C91, C92, H41

Suggested Citation

Haan, Marco A. and Kooreman, Peter and Riemersma, Tineke, Friendship in a Public Good Experiment (April 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2108. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=900825

Marco A. Haan (Contact Author)

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Peter Kooreman

Tilburg University - Center and Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

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Tineke Riemersma

University of Groningen ( email )

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9700 AH Groningen, Groningen 9700 AV
Netherlands

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