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Offerman, T., Schram, A., and Sonnemans, J. (1996). Value orientations, expectations and voluntary contributions in public goods. Economic Journal, 106:817-845.


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    Economic Journal

An experimental analysis of voluntary, binary contributions for step-level public goods is presented. Independent information is obtained on individual value orientation and expectations about the behavior of other subjects using incentive compatible mechanisms. The effects of increasing payoffs for the public good and of decreasing groupsize are investigated. Attention is focused on the determination of expectations, the use of expectations when deciding on behavior, and differences in expectations and behavior between individuals with different value orientations.