Communication and coordination in the laboratory collective resistance game
This paper presents a laboratory collective resistance (CR) game to study how different forms of non-binding communication among responders can help coordinate their collective resistance against a leader who transgresses against them. Contrary to the predictions of analysis based on purely self-regarding preferences, we find that non-binding communication about intended resistance increases the incidence of no transgression even in the one-shot laboratory CR game. In particular, we find that the incidence of no transgression increases from 7 percent with no communication up to 25-37 percent depending on whether communication occurs before or after the leaderâ€™s transgression decision. Respondersâ€™ messages are different when the leaders can observe them, and the leaders use the observed messages to target specific responders for transgression.
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Volume (Year): 10 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
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