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Cooperation in collective action

Bandiera, Oriana, Barankay, Iwan and Rasul, Imran (2005) Cooperation in collective action. Economics of Transition, 13 (3). pp. 473-498. ISSN 0967-0750

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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
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H2 - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue > H23 - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C92 - Laboratory, Group Behavior
D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D74 - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O13 - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Other Primary Products
Date Deposited: 08 May 2008 08:56
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2024 05:36

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