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Social Background, Cooperative Behavior, and Norm Enforcement

  • Kocher, Martin


    (Department of Economics, University of Munich,)

  • Martinsson, Peter


    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Visser, Martine


    (School of Economics, University of Cape Town)

Studies have shown that there are differences in cooperative behavior across countries. Furthermore, differences in the use and the reaction on the introduction of a norm enforcement mechansism have been documented in cross-cultural studies, recently. We present data which prove that stark differences in both dimensions can exist even within the same town. For this end, a unique data set was created, based on public goods experiments conducted in South Africa. Most of the group differences can, however, be explained by variables accounting for social capital and social environment, such as trust or household violence.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 385.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 19 Oct 2009
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Publication status: Published as Kocher, Martin, Peter Martinsson and Martine Visser, 'Social Background, Cooperative Behavior, and Norm Enforcement' in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2012, pages 341-354.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0385
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