The Impact of Redistribution Mechanisms in the Vote with the Wallet Game: Experimental Results

TitleThe Impact of Redistribution Mechanisms in the Vote with the Wallet Game: Experimental Results
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsL. Becchetti, V. Pelligra, F. Sallustri
JournalSocial Choice and Welfare
VolumeFirstonline
Pagination1-25
Abstract

We use the Vote-with-the-Wallet game (VWG) to model socially or environmentally responsible consumption, an increasingly relevant but still under-researched phenomenon. Based on a theoretical model outlining game equilibria and the parametric interval of the related multiplayer prisoners’ dilemma (PD) we evaluate with a controlled lab experiment players’ behavior in the game and test the effects of an ex post redistribution mechanism between defectors and cooperators. Our findings document that the redistribution mechanism interrupts cooperation decay and stabilizes the share of cooperators at a level significantly higher, even though inferior to the Nash equilibrium.

URLhttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00355-018-1130-8
DOI10.1007/s00355-018-1130-8
Keywordslab experiment, prisoner’s dilemma, vote with the wallet