Reciprocity networks and the participation problem

Martin Dufwenberg, Amrish Patel

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Abstract

Reciprocity can be a powerful motivation for human behaviour. Scholars have argued that it is relevant in the context of private provision of public goods. We examine whether reciprocity can resolve the associated coordination problem. The interaction of reciprocity with cost-sharing is critical. Neither cost-sharing nor reciprocity in isolation can solve the problem, but together they have that potential. We introduce new network notions of reciprocity relations to better understand this.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGames and Economic Behavior
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StateAccepted/In press - Jul 3 2014

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Participation
Cost sharing
Human behavior
Isolation
Interaction
Coordination problems

Keywords

  • Coordination
  • Cost-sharing
  • Discrete public good
  • Participation
  • Reciprocity networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Finance

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Reciprocity networks and the participation problem. / Dufwenberg, Martin; Patel, Amrish.

In: Games and Economic Behavior, 03.07.2014.

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