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Free-riding on altruistic punishment? An experimental comparison of third-party-punishment in a stand-alone and in an in-group environment

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  • Lewisch Peter
  • Ottone, Stefania

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  • Ponzano, Ferruccio

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This paper deals with the subject of third-party punishment. The paper compares, by means of an economic experiment, punishment by a third party (Stand-Alone case) with punishment by third parties (In-Group environment). This deliberate introduction of a second potential punisher is neither subtle nor marginal. Shifting punishment choices into this "enlarged environment" allows us to study, in a systematic way, the complex relationship between the punisher's expectations about her/his peer's punishment decisions and her/his own punishment choices. In particular, we aim to examine whether, on average, individual punishment is systematically lower in an In-Group environment compared with the Stand-Alone case.

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Paper provided by Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS in its series POLIS Working Papers with number 139.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2010
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Handle: RePEc:uca:ucapdv:139

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Keywords: Third-Party Punishment; Collective Punishment;

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  1. Jeffrey V. Butler & Pierluigi Conzo & Martin A. Leroch, 2013. "Social Identity and Punishment," EIEF Working Papers Series 1316, Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF), revised May 2013.
  2. Marchese Carla & Ramello Giovanni B., 2011. "In the Beginning Was the Word. Now is the Copyright," Review of Law & Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 7(1), pages 271-289, October.
  3. Lotito, Gianna & Migheli, Matteo & Ortona, Guido, 2011. "Is cooperation instinctive? Evidence from the response times in a Public Goods Game," POLIS Working Papers 161, Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS.

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