Efficacy, Beliefs, and Investment in Step-Level Public Goods

J. Dijkstra, J. Oude Mulders

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behavior in terms of increasing group well-being. We report a decision and game theoretical analysis of efficacy in step-level public goods (SPGs). Previous research shows a positive relation between efficacy and contributions to SPGs and explains this relation by a purely motivational account. We show, however, that from a decision and game theory perspective an increasing relationship is not general, but only follows from very specific assumptions about players’ information and beliefs. We offer 3 examples of how the predicted efficacy–contribution relation depends on players’ information and beliefs. We discuss the implications of our results for the social psychology of efficacy in social dilemmas.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)285-301
TijdschriftThe Journal of Mathematical Sociology
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
StatusGepubliceerd - 2014


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