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Feeding the Leviathan


  • Pablo Guillén


  • Christiane Schwieren
  • Gianandrea Staffiero


Using a step-level public good game, we analyze the e.ects on contributions of having played under a sanctioning regime. We find that "educational" effects, in terms of learning a particular way to coordinate towards "good" equilibria, are more relevant than motivational "crowding out" effects, whereby cooperating to avoid sanctions spoils intrinsic incentives. If groups vote, they decide to remove the costly sanctioning regime; then they cooperate as much as in automatic removal only when this decision entails a clear "trust" message.

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  • Pablo Guillén & Christiane Schwieren & Gianandrea Staffiero, 2004. "Feeding the Leviathan," IESA Working Papers Series 0404, Institute for Social Syudies of Andalusia - Higher Council for Scientific Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:esa:iesawp:0404

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    Public Good; Step-level; Sanctioning Institution; Cooperation; Education; Trust;

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