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To suggest is to commit? A common pool resource experiment with non-enforceable recommendations

Mantilla, Cesar (2015) To suggest is to commit? A common pool resource experiment with non-enforceable recommendations. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 59. pp. 13-20.

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Identification Number : 10.1016/j.socec.2015.09.001


I report the results of an artefactual field experiment conducted with Colombian artisanal fishermen. I set up a common pool resource game in which subjects exchange recommendations prior to the extraction decision. The classical tension of this game between individual and collective incentives opens the door for strategic communication. However, I find that subjects are highly consistent with their transmitted message and, to some extent, responsive to the incoming recommendation. Recommendations are efficiency enhancing: extraction levels are lower when the outgoing and the incoming messages are closer to each other. This is particularly relevant in treatments with a high proportion of cooperative recommendations. I link experimental behavior with survey data and I find that lying behavior is negatively correlated with the ratio between the (reported) satisfactory and realized earnings from the fishermen.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: December 2015
Refereed: Yes
Place of Publication: Amsterdam
Uncontrolled Keywords: Consistency, Fisheries, Lie aversion, Responsiveness
JEL Classification: A13 - Relation of Economics to Social Values
C93 - Field Experiments
D03 - Behavioral Economics; Underlying Principles
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 03 May 2018 15:19
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2021 12:39
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