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Does the Size of the Action Set Matter for Coorperation

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  • Lata Gangadharan
  • Nikos Nikiforakis

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We use the voluntary contribution mechanism to investigate whether smaller action sets lead to higher cooperation rates. We ?nd that this is the case for groups of four players.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 1072.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:1072

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Keywords: action set; voluntary contribution mechanism; prisoner?s dilemma;

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Cited by:
  1. Peter Duersch & Maroš Servátka, 2009. "Punishment with Uncertain Outcomes in the Prisoner’s Dilemma," Working Papers in Economics 09/12, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  2. Cary Deck & Nikos Nikiforakis, 2012. "Perfect and imperfect real-time monitoring in a minimum-effort game," Experimental Economics, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 71-88, March.
  3. Cheung, Stephen L., 2011. "New Insights into Conditional Cooperation and Punishment from a Strategy Method Experiment," IZA Discussion Papers 5689, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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