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Which Way to Cooperate

We introduce a two-player, binary-choice game in which both players have a privately known incentive to enter, yet the combined surplus is highest if only one enters. Repetition of this game admits two distinct ways to cooperate: turn taking and cutoffs, which rely on the player's private value to entry. A series of experiments highlights the role of private information in determining which mode players adopt. If an individual's entry values vary little (e.g., mundane tasks), taking turns is likely; if these potential values are diverse (e.g., difficult tasks that differentiate individuals by skill or preferences), cutoff cooperation emerges.

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Paper provided by University of Haifa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number WP2011/5.

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Date of revision: 04 Oct 2011
Publication status: forthcoming in The Economic Journal
Handle: RePEc:haf:huedwp:wp201105
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