【Empirical Seminar】Pro-Social Risk-Taking and Intergroup Conflict

  • 研討會日期 : 2021-11-26
  • 時間 : 14:30
  • 主講人 : Professor Tse-Min Wang (汪澤民)
  • 主持人 : Professor Tzu-Ting Yang
  • 地點 : Conference Room B110
  • 演講者簡介 : Professor Wang received his Ph.D. in Public Governance at Tilburg University in 2021. He is currently an Assistant Professor at National Taipei University. His research fields are Institutional Economics, Public Governance, Experimental Economics, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • 演講摘要 : Prosocial risk-taking involves the willingness to commit resources to initiatives and opportunities with a social benefit, as well as a risk of costly failure. These situations often occur in an environment in which groups compete for resources. In these contexts of intergroup conflict, often individuals make personal sacrifices on a voluntary basis, involving considerable risks of failure. We study the context of prosocial risk-taking and intergroup conflict by extending the volunteer’s dilemma along both of these dimensions. We introduce a novel group competition treatment to identify the effect of intergroup competition without providing with an additional collective prize like the majority of past laboratory experiments. We find evidence that intergroup competition significantly increases the volunteering rate of providing a public good, and mitigates the negative impact of risk on intragroup cooperation. Regarding individual heterogeneity, we explore and discuss the impact of risk aversion and gender and its implication for parochial altruism.