Representing Others in a Public Good Game

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Hauge, Karen Evelyn and Ole Røgeberg





6, 381-393

Sammendrag (engelsk)

In many important public good situations the decision-making power and authority is delegated to representatives who make binding decisions on behalf of a larger group. The purpose of this study is to compare contribution decisions made by individuals with contribution decisions made by group representatives. We present the results from a laboratory experiment that compares decisions made by individuals in inter-individual public good games with decisions made by representatives on behalf of their group in inter-group public good games. Our main finding is that contribution behavior differs between individuals and group representatives, but only for women. While men’s choices are equally self-interested as individuals and group representatives, women make less self-interested choices as group representatives.


public good game; lab experiment; group representative; gender

Prosjekt info:

Oppdragsgiver: Norges forskningsråd
Oppdragsgivers prosjektnr.: 193703
Frisch prosjekt: 3181 - Forbedret internasjonalt samarbeid om utslippskutt