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Cooperation Under Alternative Punishment Institutions:An Experiment

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  • Marco Casari

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  • Luigi Luini

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While peer punishment has been shown to increase group cooperation, there is open debate on how cooperative norms can emerge and on what motives drive individuals to punish. In a public good experiment we compared alternative punishment institutions and found (1) higher cooperation levels under a consensual punishment institution than under autonomous individual punishment; (2) similar cooperation levels under sequential and simultaneous punishment institutions.

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  • Marco Casari & Luigi Luini, 2009. "Cooperation Under Alternative Punishment Institutions:An Experiment," Post-Print hal-00685381, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00685381
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2009.03.022
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    Keywords

    Experiments; C91; C92; D23; Public goods; Peer punishment; Social norms; Team production; Experiments.;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights

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