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Institutions and behavior : experimental evidence on the effects of democracy

Author: Pedro Dal Bó; Andrew Foster; Louis G Putterman; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, 2008.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 13999.
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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 contrast to the previous literature, our experimental design allows us to control for selection effects (e.g. those who choose the policy may be affected differently by it). Our finding implies that democratic institutions may  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Pedro Dal Bó; Andrew Foster; Louis G Putterman; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 228424646
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume).
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 13999.
Responsibility: Pedro Dal Bó, Andrew Foster, Louis Putterman.

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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 contrast to the previous literature, our experimental design allows us to control for selection effects (e.g. those who choose the policy may be affected differently by it). Our finding implies that democratic institutions may affect behavior directly in addition to having effects through the choice of policies. Our findings have implications for the generalizability of the results of randomized policy interventions.

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