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New Insights into Conditional Cooperation and Punishment from a Strategy Method Experiment

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  • Cheung, Stephen L.

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    (University of Sydney)

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This paper introduces new experimental designs to enrich understanding of conditional cooperation and punishment in public good games. The key to these methods is to elicit complete contribution or punishment profiles using the strategy method. It is found that the selfish bias in conditional cooperation is made significantly worse when other players contribute more unequally. Contingent punishment strategies are found to increase with decreasing contributions by the target player and also increasing contributions by a third player. "Antisocial" punishments are not directed specifically toward high contributors, but may be motivated by pre-emptive retaliation against punishment a player expects to incur.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5689.

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Length: 58 pages
Date of creation: May 2011
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Keywords: strategy method; public good experiment; conditional cooperation; selfish bias; punishment;

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Cited by:
  1. Fischbacher, Urs & Schudy, Simeon & Teyssier, Sabrina, 2013. "Heterogeneous reactions to heterogeneity in returns from public goods," Munich Reprints in Economics 20336, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  2. Christian Thöni, 2014. "Inequality aversion and antisocial punishment," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 76(4), pages 529-545, April.
  3. Urs Fischbacher & Simeon Schudy & Sabrina Teyssier, 2014. "Heterogeneous reactions to heterogeneity in returns from public goods," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 43(1), pages 195-217, June.

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