The limit to behavioral inertia and the power of default in voluntary contribution games

LIU, Jia and RIYANTO, Yohanes E (2017). The limit to behavioral inertia and the power of default in voluntary contribution games. Social choice and welfare, 48 (4), 815-835.

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It is well documented that people are reluctant to switch from a default option. We experimentally test the robustness of this behavioral inertia in a collective decision-making setting by varying the default option type and the decision-making environment. We examine the impacts of automatic-participation and no-participation default options on subjects’ participation in a public goods provision and their contributions. Two variants of public goods game are employed: the linear and the threshold public goods games. The study shows the evidence of partial stickiness rather than complete stickiness of default options as indicated in empirical studies. Our experimental results square with the evidence of behavioral inertia only when the automatic-participation default is used. This default boosts contributions in the linear public goods game but not in the threshold public goods game. The evidence of partial stickiness is robust to the variation of the game employed, but the effect on contribution is sensitive to it.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 14 Economics; 16 Studies In Human Society; 01 Mathematical Sciences; Economic Theory
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Page Range: 815-835
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2019 14:15
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:54

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