Journal Article

Doing Good or Doing Harm – Experimental Evidence on Giving and Taking in Public Good Games

Experimental Economics, 18(3): 432-441

We replicate Andreoni (1995)’s finding that agents behave more selfishly when taking from a public account than when giving to a public good. Based on a neutral language setting we add new insights into motivations to give or take in a linear public good setting: we find that Andreoni’s result is partly driven by the complete elimination of giving options in the taking frame. However, a pure extension of the action space into the taking domain also leads to a significant increase in selfish behavior.


Andreas Lange


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C91, H41