Reciprocity networks and the participation problem

Martin Dufwenberg, Amrish Patel

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Reciprocity can be a powerful motivation for human behaviour. Scholars have argued that it is relevant in the context of private provision of public goods. We examine whether reciprocity can resolve the associated coordination problem. The interaction of reciprocity with cost-sharing is critical. Neither cost-sharing nor reciprocity in isolation can solve the problem, but together they have that potential. We introduce new network notions of reciprocity relations to better understand this.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260–272
Number of pages13
JournalGames and Economic Behavior
Early online date3 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017


  • Discrete public good
  • Participation
  • Reciprocity networks
  • Coordination
  • Cost-sharing

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