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Social Background, Cooperative Behavior, and Norm Enforcement

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  • Kocher, Martin
  • Martinsson, Peter
  • Visser, Martine

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Studies have shown that there are differences in cooperative behavior across countries. Furthermore, differences in the use of and the reaction to the introduction of a norm enforcement mechanism have recently been documented in cross-cultural studies. We present data that prove that stark differences in both dimensions can exist even within the same town. For this end, we created a unique data set, based on one-shot public goods experiments conducted in South Africa. Most of our group differences can be explained by variables accounting for social capital and social environment, such as trust or household violence.

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Paper provided by Resources For the Future in its series Discussion Papers with number dp-09-21-efd.

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Keywords: cooperation; public goods; punishment; experiment; social capital; South Africa;

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  1. Simon Gaechter & Benedikt Herrmann & Christian Thoeni, 2010. "Culture and Cooperation," Discussion Papers 2010-09, The Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham.
  2. Guzmán, Andrea & Villegas-Palacio, Clara & Wollbrant, Conny, 2013. "Social Information and Charitable Giving: An artefactual field experiment with young children and adolescents," Working Papers in Economics 564, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics, revised 14 Jan 2014.

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