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New Insights into Conditional Cooperation and Punishment from a Strategy Method Experiment

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  • Cheung, Stephen L.

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This paper introduces new experimental designs to examine how conditional cooperation and punishment behaviours respond to the full range of variation in the contributions of others. It is shown that contributions become significantly more selfish-biased as others contribute more unequally, while punishment increases both with decreasing contributions by the target player and increasing contributions by a third player. Low contributors who punish antisocially do not direct their punishment specifically toward high contributors, while their beliefs indicate that they expect to themselves be punished.

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Paper provided by University of Sydney, School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2012-01.

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Keywords: strategy method; punishment; conditional cooperation; selfish bias;

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  1. Urs Fischbacher & Simeon Schudy & Sabrina Teyssier, 2012. "Heterogeneous Reactions to Heterogeneity in Returns from Public Goods," Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz 2012-14, Department of Economics, University of Konstanz.
  2. Christian Thöni, 2014. "Inequality aversion and antisocial punishment," Theory and Decision, Springer, Springer, vol. 76(4), pages 529-545, April.

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