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Covenants without Swords

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  • Cristina Bicchieri

    (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

In one-shot social dilemma experiments, cooperation rates dramatically increase if subjects are allowed to communicate before making a choice. There are two possible explanations for this `communication effect'. One is that communication enhances group identity, the other is that communication elicits social norms. I discuss both views and argue in favor of a norm-based explanation.

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Article provided by in its journal Rationality and Society.

Volume (Year): 14 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 192-228

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Handle: RePEc:sae:ratsoc:v:14:y:2002:i:2:p:192-228
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