Framing and Misperception in Public Good Experiments

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Abstract

Earlier studies have found that framing has a substantial impact on the degree of cooperation observed in public good experiments. We show that the way the public good game is framed affects misperceptions about the incentives of the game. Moreover, we show that such framing-induced differences in misperceptions are linked to the framing effect on subjects’ cooperation behavior. When we do not control for the different levels of misperceptions between frames, we observe a significant framing effect on subjects’ cooperation preferences. However, this framing effect becomes insignificant once we remove subjects who misperceive.

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  • University of Copenhagen
Research areas and keywords

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  • Applied Psychology
  • Economics

Keywords

  • cooperation, experiment, framing, heterogeneous sample, misperception, social dilemma, C90, D03, H41
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-456
Number of pages22
JournalScandinavian Journal of Economics
Volume119
Issue number2
Early online date2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 1
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes