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Everyone Is A Winner: Promoting Cooperation Through Non-Rival Intergroup Competition

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  • Ernesto Reuben

    (Northwestern University)

  • Jean-Robert Tyran

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

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In this paper, we study the effectiveness of intergroup competition in promoting cooperative behavior. We focus on intergroup competition that is non-rival in the sense that everyone can be a winner. This type of competition does not give groups an incentive to outcompete others. However, in spite of this fact, we find that intergroup competition produces a universal increase in cooperation. Furthermore, in settings where there are strong incentives to compete, intergroup competition benefits a majority of individuals.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 08-26.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2008
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0826

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Keywords: intergroup competition; cooperation; public goods; experiment;

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  1. Markussen, Thomas & Reuben, Ernesto & Tyran, Jean-Robert, 2012. "Competition, Cooperation, and Collective Choice," CEPR Discussion Papers 9099, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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  3. Julian Rauchdobler & Rupert Sausgruber & Jean-Robert Tyran, 2009. "Voting on Thresholds for Public Goods: Experimental Evidence," Discussion Papers 09-27, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
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  8. Hattori, Keisuke, 2011. "A Note on Within-group Cooperation and Between-group Interaction in the Private Provision of Public Goods," MPRA Paper 32045, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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