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Cooperation in the Commons

Bogotá Working Group “Foundations of Cooperation in the Commons”

February 9-11, 2006, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá

1. Objectives for the working group:

• Share different results approaches and methods for studying cooperation, collective action and the problem of the commons.

• Discuss synergies and limitations of combining different methods (e.g. experiments, theoretical, computational models, surveys) to understand these questions.

• Evaluate the state of the art of the literature and identify the new relevant questions and approaches to the problem for the near future.

2. Format:

• As a working group meeting, the sessions are designed to allow for enough discussion among the group participants, based on short presentations by some of the participants.

• In each of the round table sessions there will be presenters who will share their work in about 20-30 minutes and invite for discussion with some questions.

• There will be two presentations by Bowles (Thursday) and Eckel (Friday) aimed at provoking wider questions for the group.

3. The group:

Baland, Jean-Marie CREED, Belgium

Bowles, Samuel SFI

Carpenter, Jeffrey Middlebury College

DeFroment, Adrian Princeton University

Eckel, Catherine University of Texas

Ladau, Josh Santa Fe Institute

Somanathan, Eswaran Indian Statistical Institute

Sethi, Rajiv Barnard, Columbia U.

Johnson, Cathleen CIRANO Canada

Jaramillo, Christian U. de Los Andes

Cardenas, Juan Camilo U. de Los Andes

4. Program

THURSDAY February 9
8:30am - 9:30am -Welcome remarks and introductions of participants in the working group

-Logistics and overview of the program

-Goals and expected outcomes

9:30am – 10:00am BREAK
10:30am - 12:30pm S. Bowles: “Social Preferences and Public Policy: Are good laws a substitute for good citizens?”
12:30pm – 2pm LUNCH (Villa Paulina)
2:00pm - 4:30pm Round Table: “Lessons from the field”

-J.Carpenter (Field Experiments: social preferences and productivity among fishermen in Japan)

-J.M.Baland (Field Survey: Firewood collection in Nepal)

-E.Somanathan (Satellite images and field survey: Decentralization in forest conservation, Himalayas)

8pm Dinner at Monserrate (“Casa de San Isidro”)

FRIDAY February 10
8:30am – 10:30am C. Eckel: “Measurement of Preferences in Socio-Economic Surveys: Early Results from the Mexican Family Life Survey”

C. Johnson: “Measuring risk and time preference (in general and in the field)”

10:30am – 11:00am BREAK
11am – 12:30pm Round Table: “Models of cooperation and the commons - I”

-R. Sethi: (A simple model of collective action)

-Ch. Jaramillo (Networks In Collective Action)

12:30pm – 2pm LUNCH (Villa Paulina)
2:00pm - 4:30pm Round Table: “Models of cooperation and the commons - II”

-A. de Froment (Personality Correlates of Third Party Punishment)

-J. Ladau (Robust Statistical Tests for Detecting the Effects of Interspecific Competition on Ecological Communities)

SATURDAY February 11
8:30am – 10:30am Round table: “New designs of experiments”

-E. Somanathan (a new field experiment on the commons)

-J.C. Cardenas (3 field experiments for fisheries, forests and irrigation)

-and anyone else wants to share ongoing or new designs

10:30am – 11:00am BREAK
11am - 1pm Round table “Lessons and limitations from combining methods”

ALL, someone should provoke the questions

1pm – 2pm LUNCH (“Uroti Galeria”)
2:00pm - 4:30pm Working group conclusions and road ahead in the study and understanding of the commons. What are the promising questions and methods in the study of the commons?