Punishment, Cooperation, and Cheater Detection in "Noisy" Social Exchange
AbstractExplaining human cooperation in large groups of non-kin is a major challenge to both rational choice theory and the theory of evolution. Recent research suggests that group cooperation can be explained assuming that cooperators can punish non-cooperators or cheaters. The experimental evidence comes from economic games in which group members are informed about the behavior of all others and cheating occurs in full view. We demonstrate that under more realistic information conditions, where cheating is less obvious, punishment is ineffective in enforcing cooperation. Evidently, the explanatory power of punishment is constrained by the visibility of cheating.
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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2009
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- Gary Bornstein & Ori Weisel, 2010. "Punishment, Cooperation, and Cheater Detection in “Noisy” Social Exchange," Games, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 1(1), pages 18-33, March.
- C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
- C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
- C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
- C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games
- C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
- C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
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- NEP-CDM-2010-02-13 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-EVO-2010-02-13 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-GTH-2010-02-13 (Game Theory)
- NEP-HPE-2010-02-13 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2010-02-13 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
- NEP-UPT-2010-02-13 (Utility Models & Prospect Theory)
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