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Games 2018, 9(2), 35; https://doi.org/10.3390/g9020035

The Patron Game: the Individual Provision of a Public Good

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Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Milan, Via Conservatorio 7, 20122 Milano, Italy
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Department of Economics and Management, University of Parma, Via Kennedy 6, 43121 Parma, Italy
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Received: 15 May 2018 / Revised: 31 May 2018 / Accepted: 6 June 2018 / Published: 9 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Economic Behavior and Game Theory)
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The Patron Game studies the individual provision of a public good, i.e., a situation in which the cost of contributing exceeds by construction its private return (e.g., volunteering, Open Collaboration projects). We test the Patron Game in the lab finding that contributions are high, though significantly lower than in a classic Public Good Game. Results show that demand effects and the warm glow of giving account almost entirely for the contributions, with the former playing the most prominent role. The social nature of the individual provision of a public good is confirmed by the fact that, even when the efficiency multiplier is removed, contributions are higher than in comparable Dictator Games. View Full-Text
Keywords: open collaboration; public good; demand effects; impure altruism; JEL Codes; C9; D64; H41 open collaboration; public good; demand effects; impure altruism; JEL Codes; C9; D64; H41
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