Cooperation in social dilemmas: The necessity of seeing self-control conflict
AbstractIndividuals in a social dilemma may experience a self-control conflict between urges to act selfishly and their better judgment to cooperate. Pairing a public goods game with a subtle framing technique, we test whether perception of self-control conflict strengthens the association between self-control and cooperation. Consistent with our hypothesis, cooperative behavior is positively associated with self-control for individuals in the treatment that raised the relative likelihood of perceiving conflict, but not associated with self-control in the treatment that lowered the likelihood. These results help advance our understanding of the role of self-control in social interaction.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by ESMT European School of Management and Technology in its series ESMT Research Working Papers with number ESMT-10-004 (R1).
Length: 56 pages
Date of creation: 26 Jul 2010
Date of revision: 16 Nov 2012
self-control; pro-social behavior; public good experiment; conditional cooperation;
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