Data for: How to subsidize contributions to public goods: Does the frog jump out of the boiling water?

Published: 09-12-2016| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/yv8s8wf9sz.1
Theo Offerman


Abstract of associated article: According to popular belief, frogs are boiled to death when the water is heated gradually. In this paper, we investigate how humans respond to a very slow versus a very steep increase of a subsidy on contributions to a public good. In an experiment, we vary the mode of the increase (gradual versus quick). When the subsidy is raised to an intermediate level, we see a modest effect in either treatment. When the subsidy is raised to a substantial level, there is a strong effect of a quick increase and a modest effect of a gradual increase in the subsidy.