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Cooperation and Authoritarian Norms: An experimental study in China

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  • Björn Vollan

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  • Yexin Zhou

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  • Andreas Landmann

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  • Biliang Hu

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  • Carsten Herrmann-Pillath

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Abstract

There is ample evidence for a “democracy premium”. Laws that have been implemented via election lead to a more cooperative behavior compared to a top-down approach. This has been observed using field data and laboratory experiments. We present evidence from Chinese students and workers who participated in public goods experiments and a value survey. We find a premium for top-down rule implementation stemming from people with stronger individual values for obeying authorities. When participants have values for obeying authorities, they even conform to non-preferred rule. Our findings provide strong evidence that the efficiency of political institutions depends on societal norms.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck in its series Working Papers with number 2013-14.

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Length: 93
Date of creation: Jun 2013
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Handle: RePEc:inn:wpaper:2013-14

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Keywords: Deterrent effect of legal sanctions; expressive law; authoritarian norms; public goods; democratic voting; China;

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