Identities, selection, and contributions in a public-goods game

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Charness, G., Cobo-Reyes, R. and Jimenez Jimenez, N. 2014. Identities, selection, and contributions in a public-goods game. Games and Economic Behavior. 87, pp. 322-338. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geb.2014.05.002
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TitleIdentities, selection, and contributions in a public-goods game
AuthorsCharness, G., Cobo-Reyes, R. and Jimenez Jimenez, N.
Abstract

The notions of one's social identity and group membership have recently become topics for economic theory and experiments, and recent research has shown the importance of identity in a wide array of economic environments. But predictions are unclear when there is some trade-off between one's identity (e.g., race, gender, handedness) and potential monetary considerations. We conduct a public-goods experiment in which we permit endogenous group-formation. In a 2x2 design, we vary whether people participate in a team-building exercise and whether some people receive an endowment twice as much as others receive. We find that when both identity and financial considerations are present, high-endowment participants are strongly attracted to each other, with one's word-task-group affiliation eclipsed by the opportunity to earn more. Nevertheless, the team-building exercise greatly increases the level of contribution whether or not one is linked to people from one's team-building exercise.

KeywordsExperiment; Identity; Team building; Public goods contributions
PublisherElsevier
JournalGames and Economic Behavior
ISSN0899-8256
Electronic1090-2473
Publication dates
Online16 May 2014
Print01 Sep 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Jun 2015
Submitted10 Aug 2013
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geb.2014.05.002
Web of Science identifierWOS:000343391800019
LanguageEnglish
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