Date of Award

Spring 5-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Behavioral and Computational Economics

First Advisor

Laurence Iannaccone

Second Advisor

Stephen Rassenti

Third Advisor

David Porter


People belong to many different groups, and few belong to the same network of groups. Moreover, people routinely reduce their involvement in dysfunctional groups while increasing involvement in those they find more attractive. The net effect can be an increase in overall cooperation and the partial isolation of free-riders, even if free-riders are never punished, excluded, or recognized. We test this conjecture with a multi-good extension of the standard finitely repeated public goods game. Our results from four treatments suggest that the multi-group setting indeed raises overall cooperation and dampens the impact of free-riders.



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