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Is cooperation instinctive? Evidence from the response times in a Public Goods Game

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  • Lotito, Gianna

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  • Migheli, Matteo

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  • Ortona, Guido

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In this work we use data on response times from a public good experiment to test the hypothesis that cooperation is instinctive, under the assumption that the longer the time of the decision, the less instinctive the choice. Results seem to support the hypothesis that cooperation is instinctive, while defection is 'rational'. Moreover, as the experiment is designed also to assess the effects of the consumption of relational goods on cooperation, we are also able to state that some types of relational goods, like team working, produce additional cooperation, but make it less spontaneous. We also detect that males seem to behave more instinctively than females.

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Paper provided by Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS in its series POLIS Working Papers with number 161.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Handle: RePEc:uca:ucapdv:161

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Keywords: response times; cooperation; public goods experiments; gender effect;

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  1. Alexander W. Cappelen & Ulrik H. Nielsen & Bertil Tungodden & Jean-Robert Tyran & Erik Wengström, 2014. "Fairness is Intuitive," Discussion Papers 14-10, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  2. Nielsen, Ulrik H. & Tyran, Jean-Robert & Wengström, Erik, 2013. "Second Thoughts on Free Riding," Working Papers 2013:29, Lund University, Department of Economics.
  3. Ariel Rubenstein, 2013. "Response time and decision making: An experimental study," Judgment and Decision Making, Society for Judgment and Decision Making, vol. 8(5), pages 540-551, September.

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