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Abstract

Common pool resource experiments in the laboratory and the field have provided insights that have contrasted to those derived from conventional non-cooperative game theory. Contrary to predictions from non-cooperative game theory, participants are sometimes willing to restrain voluntarily from over extracting resources and use costly punishment to sanction other participants. Something as simple as face-to-face communication has been shown to increase average earnings significantly. In the next generation of experiments, both in the laboratory and in the field, we need to extract more information that provides insight concerning why people make the decisions they make. More information is needed concerning attributes of individuals as well as the social and social-ecological context in which they interact that may give rise to such deviations from theoretical predictions. In the process of extracting more information from participants and the contexts in which they interact, we face several methodological and ethical challenges which we address in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1571-1579
Number of pages9
JournalEcological Economics
Volume70
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 15 2011

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Keywords

  • Collective action
  • Common pool resources
  • Context
  • Experimental economics
  • Methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Environmental Science(all)

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The challenge of understanding decisions in experimental studies of common pool resource governance. / Anderies, John; Janssen, Marcus; Bousquet, François; Cardenas, Juan Camilo; Castillo, Daniel; Lopez, Maria Claudio; Tobias, Robert; Vollan, Björn; Wutich, Amber.

In: Ecological Economics, Vol. 70, No. 9, 15.07.2011, p. 1571-1579.

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Anderies, John ; Janssen, Marcus ; Bousquet, François ; Cardenas, Juan Camilo ; Castillo, Daniel ; Lopez, Maria Claudio ; Tobias, Robert ; Vollan, Björn ; Wutich, Amber. / The challenge of understanding decisions in experimental studies of common pool resource governance. In: Ecological Economics. 2011 ; Vol. 70, No. 9. pp. 1571-1579.
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