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Cooperation in collective action

Bandiera, Oriana and Barankay, Iwan and Rasul, Imran (2005) Cooperation in collective action. Economics of Transition, 13 (3). pp. 473-498. ISSN 1468-0351

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-0351.2005.00228.x


The ability to cooperate in collective action problems – such as those relating to the use of common property resources or the provision of local public goods – is a key determinant of economic performance. In this paper we discuss two aspects of collective action problems in developing countries. First, which institutions discourage opportunistic behaviour and promote cooperation? Second, what are the characteristics of the individuals involved that determine the degree to which they cooperate? We first review the evidence from field studies, laboratory experiments, and cross community studies. We then present new results from an individual level panel dataset of rural workers.

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Additional Information: © 2006 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 08 May 2008 08:56
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 08:53

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