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Voluntary formation of centralized sanctioning institutions

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This paper examines the voluntary formation of centralized sanctioning institutions. We introduce a simple model to study institution formation as a second-order cooperation problem where voluntary contributions to a common fund serve as an instrument to finance centralized sanctioning institutions. Our model illustrates how self-interested motivations may lead to the voluntary formation of centralized sanctioning institutions in equilibrium. Our experimental results show that in practise human readiness to cooperate among unrelated individuals may give rise to socially wasteful sanctioning mechanisms. Our results indicate that inefficient institutions emerge due to heterogeneous perceptions pertaining to the sufficiently high level of forfeiture. Our results suggest that opportunities to choose between different sanctioning schemes and waive rights to sue may improve the match between preferences and desired institutional environment.

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  • Sääksvuori, Lauri, 2013. "Voluntary formation of centralized sanctioning institutions," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 150-159.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:44:y:2013:i:c:p:150-159
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2013.02.018
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    Keywords

    Cooperation; Experiment; Institutions; Sanctions; Trust;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • D02 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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