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The effect of voluntary participation on cooperation

Nosenzo, Daniele; Tufano, Fabio

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Daniele Nosenzo



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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2017
Journal Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Electronic ISSN 0167-2681
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 142
APA6 Citation Nosenzo, D., & Tufano, F. (2017). The effect of voluntary participation on cooperation. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 142, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2017.07.009
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2017.07.009
Keywords collective action; cooperation; voluntary participation; experiment
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167268117301877
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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