From Tragedy to Benefit of the Commons: Increasing Shared Psychological Ownership

Joann Peck, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
Suzzane Shu, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Whenever resources are shared, there is a risk that individuals will fail to preserve those resources (the tragedy of the commons). In two correlational studies and one field study, we examine the antecedents of psychological ownership. Results indicate that a subtle manipulation increases ownership and behavior that preserves shared resources.
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Joann Peck and Suzzane Shu (2015) ,"From Tragedy to Benefit of the Commons: Increasing Shared Psychological Ownership", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 43, eds. Kristin Diehl and Carolyn Yoon, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 40-44.