Are we nice(r) to nice(r) people?â€”An experimental analysis
We experimentally investigate whether individuals can reliably detect cooperators (the nice(r) people) in an anonymous decision environment involving â€œconnected games.â€ Participants can condition their choices in an asymmetric prisonersâ€™ dilemma and a trust game on past individual (their partnerâ€™s donation share to a self-selected charity) and social (whether their partner belongs to a group with high or low average donations) information. Thus, the two measures of niceness are the individual donation share in the donation task, and the cooperativeness of oneâ€™s choice in the two games. We find that high donors achieve a higher-than-average expected payoff by cooperating predominantly with other high donors. Group affiliation proved to be irrelevant. Copyright Economic Science Association 2007
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