What Motivates Common Pool Resource Users? Experimental Evidence from the Field

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  • Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization


  • This paper develops and tests several models of pure Nash strategies of individuals who extract from a common pool resource when they are motivated by a combination of self-interest and preferences for altruism, reciprocity, inequity aversion, or conformity. Using data from experiments conducted in three regions of Colombia that depend critically on a local fishery, we test whether an econometric summary of the subjects' pure Nash strategies is consistent with one or more of these models. We find that a model that balances self-interest with a strong preference for conformity best describes average strategies.

fecha de publicación

  • 2009

Líneas de investigación

  • Altruism
  • Common Pool Resources
  • Conformity
  • Experiments
  • Reciprocity

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