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Does the size of the action set matter for cooperation?

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  • Gangadharan, Lata
  • Nikiforakis, Nikos

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We use the voluntary contribution mechanism to investigate whether smaller action sets lead to higher cooperation rates. We find that this is the case for groups of four players.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 104 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 115-117

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:104:y:2009:i:3:p:115-117

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Keywords: Action set Voluntary contribution mechanism Prisoner's dilemma;

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Cited by:
  1. Peter Duersch & Maroš Servátka, 2009. "Punishment with Uncertain Outcomes in the Prisoner’s Dilemma," Working Papers in Economics 09/12, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  2. Cary Deck & Nikos Nikiforakis, 2012. "Perfect and imperfect real-time monitoring in a minimum-effort game," Experimental Economics, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 71-88, March.
  3. Cheung, Stephen L., 2012. "New Insights into Conditional Cooperation and Punishment from a Strategy Method Experiment," Working Papers 2012-01, University of Sydney, School of Economics.

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