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How do subjects assess the Social Trade-off invilved in the Prisoners' Dilemma?


  • Pablo Brañas-Garza


  • Antonio J. Morales


In this paper we obtain the value that experimental subjects attach to a prisoners’ dilemma game by applying a related procedure to BDM (1964). We also obtain the value of a closely related game which does not incorporate any social dilemma. By comparing both values, we are able to classify subjects in di.erent categories: (i) 16% of the subjects responded to the social dilemma by playing the cooperative strategy, (ii) The remaining subjects (84%) did not played the cooperative strategy and moreover, 53% of the subjects behaved as if the social dilemma was not an issue at all.

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  • Pablo Brañas-Garza & Antonio J. Morales, 2004. "How do subjects assess the Social Trade-off invilved in the Prisoners' Dilemma?," IESA Working Papers Series 0407, Institute for Social Syudies of Andalusia - Higher Council for Scientific Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:esa:iesawp:0407

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    prisoners’ dilemma; payment cards; social conflict.;

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