A Cue Utilization Approach for Investigating Harvest Decisions in Commons Dilemmas
Article first published online: 23 FEB 2009
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 39, Issue 3, pages 564–588, March 2009
How to Cite
Hine, D. W., Gifford, R., Heath, Y., Cooksey, R. and Quain, P. (2009), A Cue Utilization Approach for Investigating Harvest Decisions in Commons Dilemmas. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39: 564–588. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2009.00451.x
- Issue published online: 23 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 23 FEB 2009
Hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) is introduced as a new tool for investigating decision making in commons dilemmas. University undergraduates (N = 171) managed a virtual fishery, with 2 computer-simulated fishers, over 60 seasons. Level 1 HLM analyses revealed that participants took significantly more fish during seasons when feedback suggested fish stocks, fish value, and fishing expenses were high; and when noncooperative and cooperative others had taken more fish and fewer fish, respectively, in the previous season. Level 2 analyses produced several cross-level interactions, indicating that participants' use of feedback information varied as a function of their social values and environmental attitudes.