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Communication and punishment in voluntary contribution experiments
We compare two devices previously found to increase contributions to public goods in laboratory experiments: communication, and punishment (allowing subjects to engage in costly reductions of oneExpand
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Institutions and Behavior: Experimental Evidence on the Effects of Democracy
A novel experiment is used to show that the effect of a policy on the level of cooperation is greater when it is chosen democratically by the subjects than when it is exogenously imposed. In contrastExpand
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Post-1500 Population Flows and the Long Run Determinants of Economic Growth and Inequality
We construct a matrix showing the share of the year 2000 population in every country that is descended from people in different source countries in the year 1500. Using the matrix to adjustExpand
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Do non-strategic sanctions obey the law of demand? The demand for punishment in the voluntary contribution mechanism
The prospect of receiving a monetary sanction for free riding has been shown to increase contributions to public goods. We ask whether the impulse to punish is unresponsive to the cost to theExpand
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States and Markets: The Advantage of an Early Start
In this paper, an index of the depth of experience with state-level institutions, or state antiquity, is derived for a large set of countries. We show that state antiquity is significantly correlatedExpand
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Agriculture, Diffusion and Development: Ripple Effects of the Neolithic Revolution
Are the effects of the Neolithic revolution still impacting on incomes across the world today? I find strong support for this proposition using new, country-specific estimates of the timing of theExpand
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Preferences for Redistribution and Perception of Fairness: An Experimental Study
This paper investigates the relative importance of fairness preferences, risk aversion, and selfinterest in determining support for redistribution. We present evidence from a series of laboratoryExpand
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Cooperation Under the Threat of Expulsion in a Public Goods Experiment
In a public goods experiment with the opportunity to vote to expel members of a group, we found that contributions rose to nearly 100% of endowments with significantly higher efficiency compared withExpand
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States and Markets: The Advantage of an Early Start
In this paper, an index of the depth of experience with state-level institutions, or state antiquity, is derived for a large set of countries. We show that state antiquity is significantly correlatedExpand
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Theoretical and Empirical Studies of Producer Cooperatives: Will Ever the Twain Meet?
The authors are grateful to Avner Ben-Ner, Jacques Defourny, Saul Estrin, Felix FitzRoy, Barbara Lee, Bentley MacLeod, Egon Neuberger, Jeffrey Pliskin, Stephen C. Smith, and three anonymous refereesExpand
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