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Cooperation under alternative punishment institutions: An experiment

  • Casari, Marco
  • Luini, Luigi

While peer punishment has been shown to increase group cooperation, there is open debate on how cooperative norms can emerge and on what motives drive individuals to punish. In a public good experiment we compared alternative punishment institutions and found (1) higher cooperation levels under a consensual punishment institution than under autonomous individual punishment; (2) similar cooperation levels under sequential and simultaneous punishment institutions.

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Volume (Year): 71 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 273-282

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