An experimental look at trust, bargaining, and public goods in fishing communities

Rojas, Cristian A., Cinner, Joshua, Lau, Jacqueline, Ruano-Chamorro, Cristina, Contreras-Drey, Francisco J., and Gelcich, Stefan (2021) An experimental look at trust, bargaining, and public goods in fishing communities. Scientific Reports, 11. 20798.

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Pro-social behavior is crucial to the sustainable governance of common-pool resources such as fisheries. Here, we investigate how key socioeconomic characteristics influence fishers’ pro-social and bargaining behavior in three types of experimental economic games (public goods, trust, and trade) conducted in fishing associations in Chile. Our games revealed high levels of cooperation in the public goods game, a high degree of trust, and that sellers rather than buyers had more bargaining power, yet these results were strongly influenced by participants’ socioeconomic characteristics. Specifically, gender, having a secondary income source, age, and being the main income provider for the household all had a relationship to multiple game outcomes. Our results highlight that engagement in pro-social behaviors such as trust and cooperation can be influenced by people’s socioeconomic context.

Item ID: 69917
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2045-2322
Keywords: Environmental economics; Environmental social sciences; Psychology and behaviour
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Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC FT160100047, ARC CE140100020
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2022 22:30
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440604 Environmental geography @ 20%
38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380102 Behavioural economics @ 80%
SEO Codes: 15 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 1599 Other economic framework > 159902 Ecological economics @ 100%
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