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Feedback; Punishment and Cooperation in Public Good Experiments

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  • Nikos Nikiforakis

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A number of studies have shown that peer punishment can sustain cooperation in public good games. This paper shows that the format used to give subjects feedback is critical for the e¢ cacy of punishment. Providing subjects with infor- mation about the earnings of their peers leads to lower contributions and earnings compared to a treatment in which subjects receive information about the contri- butions of their peers even though the feedback format does not a¤ect incentives. The data suggest that this is because the feedback format acts as a coordination device, which in?uences the contribution standards that groups establish

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 1036.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:1036

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Keywords: feedback format; peer punishment; public good game; altruistic pun-ishment; cooperation;

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