We compare, on the basis of a procedurally fair "provision point" mechanism, bids for a public project from which some gain and some lose with bids for a less eﬃcient public project from which all gain. In the main treatment, participants independently decide which one, if any, of the public projects should be implemented. We also run control treatments where only one of the two projects can be implemented. We ﬁnd that (a) mixed feelings per se do not aﬀect bidding behavior, and (b) the provision frequency of the project that raises mixed feelings declines signiﬁcantly when it faces competition from the public good.
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JEL-Classification for JER
C72 - Noncooperative Games ; C92 - Laboratory, Group Behavior ; D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement ; H44 - Publicly Provided Goods: Mixed Markets