Varying experimental instructions to improve comprehension: punishment in public goods games

Ramalingam, Abhijit, Morales, Antonio J. and Walker, James M. (2018) Varying experimental instructions to improve comprehension: punishment in public goods games. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 73. pp. 66-73. ISSN 2214-8043

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Abstract

We provide evidence that more explicit instructions can affect behaviour in a public goods game with punishment. Instructions that highlight the positive externality associated with public goods contributions and provide more examples improve subjects’ comprehension levels, as measured by shorter decision times in the experiment. They also lead to higher contribution levels in games with punishment opportunities, linked to better targeting of punishment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: public goods,experiment,instructions,contributions,punishment,methodology
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 16:30
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2020 23:52
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/66244
DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2018.01.008

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