We investigate the dynamics of cooperation in public good games when contributions to the public good are immediately redistributed across contributors (intra-temporal transfers) and when contributions to the public good by the current group are transferred over time to a future group (inter-temporal transfers). We show that people are more cooperative in inter-temporal contexts than in intra-temporal contexts. We also find that subjects invest more on average in public goods when they know in advance their inheritance from the past.
GROLLEAU, G., SUTAN, A. and VRANCEANU, R. (2013). Taking the Well-being of Future Generations Seriously: Do People Contribute More to Intra-temporal or Inter-temporal Public Goods? ESSEC Business School.