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The Effect of Communication Media on Cooperation

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  • Jeannette Brosig
  • Axel Ockenfels
  • Joachim Weimann

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We examine how communication affects cooperation with the help of seven standard public goods experiments that only differ with respect to the medium of pre-play communication. Our treatments include bi-directional and unidirectional communication via (mostly electronic) auditory and/or visual channels. The results suggest that successful cooperation is attributable to the opportunity of ‘coordinating’ behavior in the communication phase. Furthermore, both the level and the stability of cooperation significantly interact with the communication medium, even though the content of communication is remarkably similar across the communication treatments.

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Paper provided by Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group in its series Papers on Strategic Interaction with number 2002-17.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2002
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Handle: RePEc:esi:discus:2002-17

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