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Redistribution and Group Participation : Experimental Evidence from Africa and the UK

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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/9
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Policy Research Working Papers
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Fafchamps, Marcel
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Hill, Ruth Vargas
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2018-02-05T20:33:01Z
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2018-02-05T20:33:01Z
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2018-02
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2021-06-08T14:42:48Z
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This paper investigates whether the prospect of redistribution hinders the formation of efficiency-enhancing groups. An experiment is conducted in a Kenyan slum, Ugandan villages, and a UK university town and used to test, in an anonymous setting with no feedback, whether subjects join a group that increases their endowment but exposes them to one of three redistributive actions: stealing, giving, or burning. Exposure to redistributive options among group members operates as a disincentive to join a group. This finding obtains under all three treatments -- including when the pressure to redistribute is intrinsic. However, the nature of the redistribution affects the magnitude of the impact. Giving has the least impact on the decision to join a group, whilst forced redistribution through stealing or burning acts as a much larger deterrent to group membership. These findings are common across all three subject pools, but African subjects are particularly reluctant to join a group in the burning treatment, indicating strong reluctance to expose themselves to destruction by others.
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/208861517841440138/Redistribution-and-group-participation-experimental-evidence-from-Africa-and-the-UK
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/29318
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English
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World Bank, Washington, DC
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Policy Research Working Paper;No. 8330
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CC BY 3.0 IGO
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World Bank
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
dc.subject
REDISTRIBUTION
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INEQUALITY
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GROUP MEMBERSHIP
dc.title
Redistribution and Group Participation
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Experimental Evidence from Africa and the UK
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Working Paper
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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/35428 Journal article
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Redistribution and Group Participation: Experimental Evidence from Africa and the UK
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2018-02-05
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Publications & Research
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Publications & Research :: Policy Research Working Paper
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/208861517841440138/Redistribution-and-group-participation-experimental-evidence-from-Africa-and-the-UK
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yes
okr.identifier.doi
10.1596/1813-9450-8330
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090224b08560c476_1_0
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29560185
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WPS8330
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true
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en
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/208861517841440138/pdf/WPS8330.pdf
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Africa
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Kenya
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Uganda
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United Kingdom
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208861517841440138
okr.topic
Poverty Reduction :: Equity and Development
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Poverty Reduction :: Inequality
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Poverty Reduction :: Social Development & Poverty
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Social Development :: Participations and Civic Engagement
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Social Development :: Social Conflict and Violence
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Strategy and Operations Team, Development Economics Vice Presidency

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