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Put your money where your mouth is: Reciprocity, social preferences, trust and contributions to public goods

Dijkstra, J., Aug-2013, In : Rationality and Society. 25, 3, p. 290-334 45 p.

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It is argued that trust and positive social preferences promote public goods production. However, public goods produced by any in-group may have favourable or unfavourable consequences for out-groups (called benign' and malignant' public goods, respectively). I develop a theoretical model of heterogeneous reciprocity preferences and report two experiments relating trust, social preferences and in-group bias to contributions to benign and malignant public goods. The results allow four general conclusions: (i) contributions to benign public goods are (weakly) higher than contributions to malignant ones; (ii) general trust is at best weakly related to contributions to both types of public goods; (iii) the expectation that others contribute is positively related to contributions to both types of public goods; and (iv) social preferences are positively related to contributions to benign public goods and unrelated to contributions to malignant public goods, while in-group bias is negatively related to contributions to both public goods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-334
Number of pages45
JournalRationality and Society
Volume25
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2013

    Keywords

  • In-group bias, public goods, reciprocity, social preferences, trust, VALUE ORIENTATION, INTERGROUP CONFLICT, INTERPERSONAL TRUST, COOPERATION, DILEMMAS, COMPETITION, GAME, PSYCHOLOGY, COMMUNITY, ECONOMICS

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