Income Inequality, Reciprocity and Public Good Provision: An Experimental Analysis

 

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dc.creator Hofmeyr, Andre
dc.creator Burns, Justine
dc.creator Visser, Martine
dc.date 2012-12-03T12:05:25Z
dc.date 2012-12-03T12:05:25Z
dc.date 2008-10
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-28T10:05:02Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-28T10:05:02Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05-28
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/11090/32
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/32
dc.description This paper analyses the impact of income inequality on public good provision in an experimental setting. A sample of secondary school students were recruited to participate in a simple linear public goods game where income heterogeneity was introduced by providing participants with unequal token endowments. The results show that endowment heterogeneity does not have any significant impact on contributions to the public good, and that consistent with models of reciprocity, low and high endowment players contribute the same fraction of their endowment to the public pool. Moreover, individuals appear to adjust their contributions in order to maintain a fair share rule.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit
dc.title Income Inequality, Reciprocity and Public Good Provision: An Experimental Analysis
dc.type Report
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource SALDRU Report en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department SALDRU en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Report DA - 2015-05-28 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Income Inequality, Reciprocity and Public Good Provision: An Experimental Analysis TI - Income Inequality, Reciprocity and Public Good Provision: An Experimental Analysis UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11090/32 ER - en_ZA


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