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Are cooperators efficiency- or fair-minded?: evidence from a public goods experiment

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We use a two-person public goods experiment to distinguish between effciency and fairness as possible motivations for cooperative behavior. Asymmetric marginal per capita returns allow only the high-productivity player to increase group payoffs when contributing positive amounts. Asymmetric contributions, however, yield unequal individual payoffs. To assess a priori cooperative preferences, we measure individual `value-orientations' by means of the decomposed game technique. Overall, our results indicate that fairness (or inequality aversion) is more in°uential than efficiency in driving behavior.

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Maria Vittoria Levati, Matteo Ploner

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10419/25633

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