Social Approval as an Incentive

The Voluntary Provision of Public Goods in Social Production Communities

by Matthias Greiff (Author)
Thesis XXII, 232 Pages


The voluntary provision of public goods is a puzzle for scholars from economics and related disciplines. While different incentives have been proposed in the existing literature, this book examines social approval as a nonmonetary incentive for the voluntary provision of public goods using game theory and experimental economics. The voluntary provision of public goods is illustrated by using social production as an example. Social production includes different incarnations of large-scale unpaid work, like user-led innovation, user-generated content, and open source software.


XXII, 232
ISBN (Hardcover)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XXII, 232 pp., num. fig. and tables

Biographical notes

Matthias Greiff (Author)

Matthias Greiff studied Polical Science and Economics at the University of Frankfurt am Main, the New School for Social Research, New York, and the University of Bremen. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Bremen in 2011.


Title: Social Approval as an Incentive