Project « Pro-social behavior in minority and majority groups »

Geographic borders often cut across ethno-linguistic groups, such that an ethnic group that represents a majority in one country may represent a small minority in the neighboring countries. Similarly, there are situations where members of an ethnic minority are outnumbered by those of the majority in the provision of a national public good, but where the opposite holds in the provision of a local public good. In such situations, it is interesting to explore the cooperative behavior of individuals. This question relates to decentralization. Indeed, as countries move towards decentralization, many individuals can switch from minority to majority status. We have developed a decontextualized experimental protocol to study this question from a general point of view. We will realize our study in the canton of Wallis, which features the cohabitation of French and German speaking individuals, and use language as our variable of differentiation between minority and majority groups

October 2016 – still in progress


  • Simon,Lapointe, Senior Researcher, VATT Institute for Economic Research, Finland
  • Thierry, Madiès, Professor of Economics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Tjaša,Maillard-Bjedov, Associate Professor, Swiss Distance Learning University, Switzerland
  • David, Masclet, Professor of Economics, University of Rennes, France


  • Swiss Distance Learning University, Switzerland
  • The French National Research Agency, France
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