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Tipping Versus Cooperating To Supply A Public Good

Version
1
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Dannenberg, Astrid (University of Kassel)
Publication Date
2017
Contributor
  • Barrett, Scott (Columbia University) (Researcher)
Classification
  • ZA:
    • Natural Environment, Nature
    • Group
    • Economic Policy, National Economic Situation
Description
  • Abstract

    In some important multiplayer situations, such as efforts to supply a global public good, players can choose the game they want to play. In this paper we conduct an experimental test of the decision by a group with fixed membership, playing over a finite number of periods, to choose between a “tipping” game, in which every player wants to contribute to the public good provided enough other players contribute, and a prisoners’ dilemma, the classic cooperation game. In the prisoners’ dilemma, the first best outcome is attainable, but cannot be sustained as a Nash equilibrium. In the tipping game, only a second best outcome may be attainable, but there exists a Nash equilibrium that is strictly preferred to the one in the prisoners’ dilemma. We show that many groups persistently choose the prisoners’ dilemma despite its strategic disadvantage, and that the groups that eventually choose the tipping game do better than the ones that stick with the prisoners’ dilemma.
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany / DE
Sampled Universe
undergraduate students recruited from the general student population of Magdeburg University, Germany
Sampling
Random Selection
Collection Mode
    • Laboratory experiment
    • Laboratory experiment
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 300
    Number of Variables: 48
    • File Name: Data_Pipping_vs_Cooperation.xlsx
      File Format: application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet
      File Size: 158483
      Data Fingerprint: e0048c0cd0163f899a40d0c7a977e9e6
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 300
    Number of Variables: 48
    • File Name: Data_Pipping_vs_Cooperation.xlsx
      File Format: application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet
      File Size: 158483
      Data Fingerprint: e0048c0cd0163f899a40d0c7a977e9e6
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
Availability
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Publications
  • TIPPING VERSUS COOPERATING TO SUPPLY A PUBLIC GOOD;DOI: 10.1093/jeea/jvw022

Update Metadata: 2019-10-01 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2017-03-06

Dannenberg, Astrid (2017): Tipping Versus Cooperating To Supply A Public Good. Version: 1. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.7802/1415