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Experiments on Common-Pool Resources

There are two conventional common-pool-resource games that have been experimentally tested by economists. The first game, developed by Elinor Ostrom, Roy Gardner and James Walker is structured as an investment game (1994). The second game, developed by David Budescu, Amnon Rapoport, and Ramzi Suleiman is structured as a request game (1992). This section also discusses the role of evolutionary processes and experiments testing the evolution of social norms with regards to common resources, using repeated prisoners' dilemma games.

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