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Fairness, spite, and intentions: Testing different motives behind punishment in a prisoners’ dilemma game

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    This paper differentiates between three motives behind punishment in a social dilemma: minimizing inequalities, retaliation against unfair acts, and spitefulness. The experiment shows that cooperators and defectors differently respond to intentions and thereby substantiates Falk et al. (2005)’s findings.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 116 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 429-431

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