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Measuring Social Norms and Preferences using Experimental Games: A Guide for Social Scientists

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  • Colin F. Camerer
  • Ernst Fehr

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Experimental games turned out to be remarkably productive tools for examining the nature of social preferences and social norms. This paper describes the methods and tools of experimental game theory and provides a selection of games that have been useful. We also discuss the role of evolutionary explanations of and social preference theory in organizing the data in a coherent way.

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Paper provided by Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich in its series IEW - Working Papers with number 097.

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Keywords: Experiment; Game Theory; Social Norms; Social Preferences;

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