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Social Relations in the Workplace: a "Linked Games" Approach

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  • Spagnolo, Giancarlo

    (Department of Economics)

The paper analyses how cooperation in a repeated social game may help to sustain cooperation in a "linked" repeated production game. We show that this may happen a)because of available "social capital", defined as the slack of punishment power present in the social repeated game, b) because, when agents' utility function is strictly concave in the outcome of the two games, a simultaneous punishment in the linked games turns out to be a stronger threat than the sum of the independent punishments in the two component games, and c) because the linkage between two repeated games may generate transfers of "trust".

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 76.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Oct 1995
Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 1999, pages 1-25.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0076
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