Institutions and Behavior: Experimental Evidence on the Effects of Democracy

Director: Pedro Dal Bó
Collaborator: Andrew Foster
Research Theme: Development, Institutions and Demographic Change
Funding: NSF

Motivated by Foster’s previous work examining the relation between democratization, allocation of public goods, and land ownership, this study will use experimental economics to determine whether the same policies would have a different effect if implemented democratically or by fiat. The study will use experimental methods to examine whether individuals are more likely to exhibit cooperative behavior when they have had the opportunity to democratically choose the extent to which cooperative behavior is rewarded (an endogenous treatment) relative to the case when it is imposed exogenously (an exogenous treatment).