Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment / CBIE Working Papers / Leading by example and endowment heterogeneity in local public good provision: A framed field experiment in Hyderabad, India

Leading by example and endowment heterogeneity in local public good provision: A framed field experiment in Hyderabad, India

Abstract

In India’s slums, toilets are commonly shared among households, which creates a collective action problem for the provision of toilet cleanliness and maintenance. We study the effect of heterogeneity and leading by example on cooperation in a framed field experiment with 120 slumdwellers from Hyderabad, India. Endowment heterogeneity has a negative effect on contributions. In contrast to previous studies, leading by example decreases average contributions. However, the effect of leadership is positive and large for participants with leadership experience in real life. We conclude that framed field experiments must acknowledge the mediating role of real-life experience and social identities.

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Published April 19, 2019

Jens Rommel, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Marco A. Janssen, Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment & School of Sustainability Arizona State University