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Games 2018, 9(4), 101; https://doi.org/10.3390/g9040101

Characterizing Actions in a Dynamic Common Pool Resource Game

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA 01609, USA
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Received: 10 November 2018 / Revised: 7 December 2018 / Accepted: 10 December 2018 / Published: 13 December 2018
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Abstract

We conducted a dynamic common pool resource experiment and found large differences among groups in the total benefits (surplus) obtained from the resource. To shed light on the factors underlying the differences, we characterized individual appropriation decisions as irresponsible, sustainable, or constructive, and defined a measure of the intensity of such actions. We then examined the relationships between group-level success and the frequency and intensity of the individual actions, finding that the average intensity of irresponsible actions was the best predictor of group success. We interpreted this as suggestive evidence that policies aimed at preserving and maximizing the benefits of renewable resources should above all else aim to reduce the intensity of irresponsible actions. View Full-Text
Keywords: common pool resource; social dilemma; dynamic; experiment common pool resource; social dilemma; dynamic; experiment
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Somasse, G.B.; Smith, A.; Chapman, Z. Characterizing Actions in a Dynamic Common Pool Resource Game. Games 2018, 9, 101.

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