Let the Dummy Talk! - Unilateral Communication and Discrimination in Three-Person Dictator Experiments -
AbstractTo explain why pre-play communication increases cooperation in games, one refers to a) strategic causes such as efficient communication or reputation effects, and b) changes in the utilities due to social processes. Hitherto experimental support for both explanations is mixed and confounded. Our experimental design eliminates all strategic factors and allows to focus on the effects of communication processes. We clearly find social effects, but none of revealed anonymity or salient communication. The social processes invoked are very heterogeneous but not irregular for different communicators.
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Date of creation: 30 Jul 2005
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bargaining; communication; social utility; n-persons dictator game;
Other versions of this item:
- Ben Greiner & Ro’i Zultan & Werner Güth, 2005. "Let the Dummy Talk! - Unilateral Communication and Discrimination in Three-Person Dictator Experiments -," Papers on Strategic Interaction 2005-18, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group.
- Ben Greiner & Werner Guth & Ro’i Zultan, 2005. "Let the Dummy Talk! Unilateral Communication and Discrimination in Three-Person Dictator Experiments," Discussion Paper Series dp396, The Center for the Study of Rationality, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
- C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
- C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
- D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy
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- NEP-ALL-2005-08-08 (All new papers)
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