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2015 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) (2015)
HI, USA
Jan. 5, 2015 to Jan. 8, 2015
ISSN: 1530-1605
ISBN: 978-1-4799-7367-5
pp: 4834-4843
ABSTRACT
Economic environments involving information goods suffer from an extensive free-riding problem. For example, social loafing and lurking on discussion forums, leeching on file-sharing networks, and pirating of digital goods. Despite their use, it is not clear what types of interventions result in the best outcomes for all players involved. We conduct a lab experiment using a public goods game to explore the role of rewards and sanctions or free-riding behavior at both the individual and group levels. Our results provide interesting insights on the behavior of free-riding and the use of incentives. Interestingly, sanctioning only the worst free-rider results in a significant decrease in free-riding for that player and marginal decreases in free-riding for all others. Rewarding only the highest contributor results in a significant increase in free-riding for everyone. Overall, our research offers significant insights for the design and implementation of interventions for environments having the free-rider problem.
INDEX TERMS
Games, Standards, Economics, Abstracts, Context, Laboratories, Computers
CITATION

M. J. Hashim and J. C. Bockstedt, "Overcoming Free-Riding in Information Goods: Sanctions or Rewards?," 2015 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), HI, USA, 2015, pp. 4834-4843.
doi:10.1109/HICSS.2015.574
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