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Funding a New Bridge in Rural Vietnam: A field experiment on conditional cooperation and default contributions


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Title: Funding a New Bridge in Rural Vietnam: A field experiment on conditional cooperation and default contributions
Authors: Fredrik, Carlsson
Olof, Johansson-Stenman
Pham, Khanh Nam
Issue Date: May-2011
Publication type: report
Organization: Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in Economics
503
Keywords: voluntary contribution
local public goods
social influence
default contribution
conditional cooperation
field experiment
Abstract: The ability to provide public goods is essential for economic and social development, yet there is very limited empirical evidence regarding contributions to a real local public good in developing countries. This paper analyzes a field experiment where 200 households in rural Vietnam could make real contributions to an archetypical public good, a bridge. In particular, we study the role of two kinds of social influence: i) conditional cooperation, i.e., that people may be more willing to coopera... more
ISSN: 1403-2465
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/25547
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