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van Dijk, F., Sonnemans, J., and van Winden, F. (2002). Social ties in a public good experiment. Journal of Public Economics, 85:275-299.


  • Affiliated authors
    Joep Sonnemans, Frans van Winden
  • Publication year
    2002
  • Journal
    Journal of Public Economics

The formation of social ties is examined in an experimental study of voluntary public good provision. The experiment consists of three parts. In the first part the value orientation (attitude to a generalized other) is measured. In the second part couples play 25 periods of a public good game. In the third part the attitudes of subjects to their partners in the public good game is measured. The concept of a social tie is operationalized as the difference between the measurements in the first and third parts. Evidence for the occurrence of social ties is found. These ties depend on the success of the interaction in the public good game.