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Framing and Free Riding: Emotional Responses and Punishment in Social Dilemma Games

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  • Robin P. Cubitt

    (University of Nottingham)

  • Michalis Drouvelis

    (University of Nottingham)

  • Simon Gächter

    (University of Nottingham)

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In this paper, we report an experimental investigation of the effect of framing on social preferences, as revealed in a one-shot linear public goods game. We use two indicators to measure social preferences: self-reported emotional responses; and, as a behavioural indicator of disapproval, punishment. Our findings are that, for a given pattern of contributions, neither punishment nor emotion depends on the Give versus Take framing that we manipulate. To this extent, they suggest that the social preferences we observe are robust to framing effects.

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Paper provided by The Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham in its series Discussion Papers with number 2008-02.

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Keywords: framing effects; punishment; emotions; public goods experiments;

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