Communication, Commitment, and Deception in Social Dilemmas: Experimental Evidence
AbstractSocial norms of cooperation are studied under several forms of communication. In an experiment, strangers could make public statements before playing a prisoner’s dilemma. The interaction was repeated indefinitely, which generated multiple equilibria. Communication could be used as a tool to either signal intentions to coordinate on Pareto-superior outcomes, to deceive others, or to credibly commit to actions. Some forms of communication did not promote the incidence of efficient Nash play, and sometimes reduced it. Surprisingly, cooperation suffered when subjects could publicly commit to actions.
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coordination; cheap-talk; deception; indefinitely repeated game; social norms;
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- G. Camera & M. Casari & M. Bigoni, 2011. "Communication, commitment, and deception in social dilemmas: experimental evidence," Working Papers wp751, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
- C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General
- C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
- D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
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- NEP-HPE-2010-09-03 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2010-09-03 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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