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Social Learning and Voluntary Cooperation among Like-Minded People

abstract Many people contribute to public goods but stop doing so once they experience free riding.We test the hypothesis that groups whose members know that they are composed only of “likeminded” cooperators are able to maintain a higher cooperation level than the most cooperative, randomly composed groups. Our experiments confirm this hypothesis. We also predict that groups of “like-minded” free riders do not cooperate. Yet, we find a high level of strategic cooperation that eventually col-lapses. Our results underscore the importance of group composition and social learning by heterogeneously motivated agents to understand the dynamics of cooperation and free riding
   
type journal paper
   
keywords
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-5-2005
journal Journal of the European Economic Association
publisher MIT Press (Cambridge)
ISSN 1542-4766
ISSN (online) 1542-4774
volume of journal 3
number of issue 2/3
page(s) 12
review blind review
   
citation Gaechter, S., & Thoeni, C. (2005). Social Learning and Voluntary Cooperation among Like-Minded People. Journal of the European Economic Association, 3(2/3), 12.