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Sustainability 2015, 7(8), 10021-10035; doi:10.3390/su70810021

Game Participation and Preservation of the Commons: An Experimental Approach

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Institute of Socio-economics, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Eberswalder Straße 84, Müncheberg 15374, Germany
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Department of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, Berlin 10099, Germany
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 12 June 2015 / Revised: 20 July 2015 / Accepted: 22 July 2015 / Published: 24 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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Abstract

Framed field experiments are widely applied to study behavior in common pool resource dilemmas. Anecdotal evidence suggests that participation in such experiments improves cooperation in actual field settings. Yet, formal tests of such relationships are absent from the literature. We present results from a field experiment, investigating how participation in a two person prisoner’s dilemma game affects contributions to a global public good, as measured by donations to an environmental foundation. We find that subjects who participate in the prisoner’s dilemma game donate slightly more than subjects who do not participate in the game. Participants who are paired with a cooperative player in the prisoner’s dilemma also donate more. We further find that donations substantially increase with income and decrease with concern for environmental issues. View Full-Text
Keywords: cooperation; environmental behavior; experimental economics; field experiment; land use conflicts and governance; prisoner’s dilemma cooperation; environmental behavior; experimental economics; field experiment; land use conflicts and governance; prisoner’s dilemma
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Rommel, J.; Villamayor-Tomas, S.; Müller, M.; Werthmann, C. Game Participation and Preservation of the Commons: An Experimental Approach. Sustainability 2015, 7, 10021-10035.

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