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Cooperation in effective action

Bandiera, O.; Barankay, I.; Rasul, I.; (2006) Cooperation in effective action. (ELSE Working Papers 207). ESRC Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

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 behavior 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 data set of rural workers.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Cooperation in effective action
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://else.econ.ucl.ac.uk/newweb/papers.php#2006
Language: English
Keywords: JEL classification: C92, D74, H23, O13. Collective action, cooperation, institutions
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/14522
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