Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 241–271 | Cite as

Individual and Collective Choice and Voting in Common Pool Resource Problem with Heterogeneous Actors

  • Magdalena Margreiter
  • Matthias Sutter
  • Dennis Dittrich


In this paper we investigate the effects of heterogeneity in common pool resource (CPR) problems. We examine whether heterogeneity impedes or facilitates coordination on an efficient use of a CPR by proposing and voting on allocation schemes. In a full information design we compare extractions and voting behavior in heterogeneous and homogeneous groups. If the CPR is extracted individually, we find no difference in efficiency between heterogeneous and homogeneous groups. However, when groups can vote on allocation schemes, homogeneous groups are more likely to reach an efficient agreement than heterogeneous groups.


common pool resources experiment heterogeneity voting 

JEL classifications

C91 C92 D70 D74 H41 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Magdalena Margreiter
    • 1
  • Matthias Sutter
    • 1
    • 2
  • Dennis Dittrich
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Public EconomicsUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic SystemsJenaAustria

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