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Does the size of the action set matter for cooperation?

  • Gangadharan, Lata
  • Nikiforakis, Nikos

We use the voluntary contribution mechanism to investigate whether smaller action sets lead to higher cooperation rates. We find that this is the case for groups of four players.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 104 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 115-117

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