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Voluntary Participation Game Experiments with a Non-Excludable Public Good: Is Spitefulness a Source of Cooperation?

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  • Saijo, T.
  • Yamato, T.
  • Yokotani, K.
  • Cason, T.N.

Economic theory predicts that it is impossible to have cooperation in finitely repeated games such as a prisoner's dilemma game without communication. In an experiment on a voluntary participation game with a non-excludable public good that is a version of a Hawk-Dove game, we obderved that evolutionary stable strategies did not appear, but cooperation emerged through a transmutation from the Hawk-Dove game to a game where a dominant strategy outcome is Pareto efficient.

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Paper provided by Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University in its series ISER Discussion Paper with number 0494.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2000
Handle: RePEc:dpr:wpaper:0494
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