Efficiency in a forced contribution threshold public good game

E. Cartwright, A. Stepanova

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We contrast and compare three ways of predicting efficiency in a forced contribution threshold public good game. The three alternatives are based on ordinal potential, quantal response and impulse balance theory. We report an experiment designed to test the respective predictions and find that impulse balance gives the best predictions. A simple expression detailing when enforced contributions result in high or low efficiency is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1163-1191
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of Game Theory
Issue number4
Early online date4 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

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  • Public good
  • Threshold
  • Impulse balance theory
  • Quantal response
  • Ordinal potential
  • Forced contribution


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