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Record number 549760
Title Positive framing does not solve the tragedy of the commons
Author(s) Isaksen, Elisabeth Thuestad; Brekke, Kjell Arne; Richter, Andries
Source Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 95 (2019). - ISSN 0095-0696 - p. 45 - 56.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2018.11.005
Department(s) WASS
Environmental Economics and Natural Resources
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Availibility Full text available from 2021-05-01
Keyword(s) Common pool experiment - Externality - Framing - Public goods experiment - Rivalry - Strategic complements - Strategic substitutes
Abstract

We investigate whether positive framing increases cooperation in three social dilemmas with slightly different properties: a linear public goods (PG) game, a non-linear PG game, and a common pool resource (CPR) game. Results from our laboratory experiments show that contributions to a linear PG are higher if the externality is framed positively, rather than negatively, corroborating earlier findings by Andreoni (1995). By contrast, we find no such framing effects in the non-linear PG game or the CPR game. In these games, the best response in the material payoffs is to contribute less if others contribute more, counteracting effects of pro-social preferences. Positive framing therefore does not help to solve the tragedy of the commons.

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