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Framing and free riding: emotional responses and punishment in social dilemma games

  • Robin Cubitt

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  • Michalis Drouvelis

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  • Simon Gächter

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In this paper, we report an experimental investigation of the effect of framing on social preferences, as revealed in a one-shot linear public goods game. We use two indicators to measure social preferences: self-reported emotional responses; and, as a behavioural indicator of disapproval, punishment. Our findings are that, for a given pattern of contributions, neither punishment nor emotion depends on the Give versus Take framing that we manipulate. To this extent, they suggest that the social preferences we observe are robust to framing effects.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Experimental Economics.

Volume (Year): 14 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 254-272

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