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Emotions, Sanctions and Cooperation

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  • Joffily, Mateus

    ()
    (CNRS)

  • Masclet, David

    ()
    (University of Rennes)

  • Noussair, Charles N.

    ()
    (Tilburg University)

  • Villeval, Marie Claire

    ()
    (CNRS, GATE)

Abstract

We use skin conductance responses and self-reports of hedonic valence to study the emotional basis of cooperation and punishment in a social dilemma. Emotional reaction to free-riding incites individuals to apply sanctions when they are available. The application of sanctions activates a "virtuous emotional circle" that accompanies cooperation. Emotionally aroused cooperators relieve negative emotions when they punish free riders. In response, the free-riders experience negative emotions when punished, and increase their subsequent level of cooperation. The outcome is an increased level of contribution that becomes the new standard or norm. For a given contribution level, individuals attain higher levels of satisfaction when sanctioning institutions are in place.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5592.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Publication status: Forthcoming in: Southern Economic Journal, DOI: 10.4284/0038-4038-2012.067.
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Keywords: sanctions; cooperation; experiment; skin conductance responses; emotions;

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  1. Ben-Shakhar, Gershon & Bornstein, Gary & Hopfensitz, Astrid & van Winden, Frans, 2007. "Reciprocity and emotions in bargaining using physiological and self-report measures," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 28(3), pages 314-323, June.
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  1. Emotions in economic interactions
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2011-09-05 15:21:00
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  1. Fabio Galeotti, 2013. "On the Robustness of Emotions and Behavior in a Power-to-Take Game Experiment," Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS), School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. 13-07, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..
  2. Nikiforakis, Nikos & Noussair, Charles N. & Wilkening, Tom, 2012. "Normative conflict and feuds: The limits of self-enforcement," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 96(9-10), pages 797-807.
  3. David L. Dickinson & Daivd Masclet, 2014. "Emotions and Punishment in Public Good Experiments," Working Papers, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University 14-03, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.

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