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The survival of the conformist: social pressure and renewable resource management

  • Alessandro Tavoni
  • Maja Schlüter
  • Simon Levin

This paper examines the role of other-regarding behavior as a mechanism for the establishment and maintenance of cooperation in resource use under variable social and environmental conditions. By coupling resource stock dynamics with social dynamics concerning compliance to a social norm prescribing non-excessive resource extraction in a common pool resource, we show that when reputational considerations matter and a sufficient level of social stigma affects the violators of a norm, sustainable outcomes are achieved. We find large parameter regions where norm-observing and norm-violating types coexist, and analyze to what extent such coexistence depends on the environment.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 37571.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:37571
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