The effect of voluntary participation on cooperation

Nosenzo, Daniele and Tufano, Fabio (2017) The effect of voluntary participation on cooperation. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization . ISSN 0167-2681

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Abstract

We study the effects of voluntary participation on cooperation in collective action problems. Voluntary participation may foster cooperation through a mechanism of assortative selection of interaction partners based on false consensus bias, or through a mechanism whereby the decision to not participate can be used as a threat against free-riders. We examine the effectiveness of these mechanisms in a one-shot public goods experiment. Voluntary participation has a positive effect on provision only through the threat of non-participation. Assortative selection of interaction partners seems to play a minor role in our setting, whereas the threat of non-participation is a powerful force to discipline free-riding.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: collective action; cooperation; voluntary participation; experiment
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jebo.2017.07.009
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2017 13:19
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2017 00:29
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/45065

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