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Department of Economics, Lund University Working Papers, Department of Economics, Lund University

No 2013:29:
Second Thoughts on Free Riding

Ulrik H. Nielsen (), Jean-Robert Tyran () and Erik Wengström ()

Abstract: We use the strategy method to classify subjects into cooperator types in a large-scale online Public Goods Game and find that free riders spend more time on making their decisions than conditional cooperators and other cooperator types. This result is robust to reversing the framing of the game and is not driven by free riders lacking cognitive ability, confusion, or natural swiftness in responding. Our results suggest that conditional cooperation serves as a norm and that free riders need time to resolve a moral dilemma.

Keywords: Response Time; Free Riding; Public Goods; Experiment; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: C70; C90; D03; (follow links to similar papers)

27 pages, September 11, 2013

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