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Intergroup conflict: Individual, group and collective interests

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Intergroup conflicts generally involve conflicts of interests within the competing groups as well. This paper outlines a taxonomy of games, called team games, which incorporate the intragroup and intergroup levels of conflict. Its aims are to provide a coherent framework for analyzing the prototypical problems of cooperation and competition that arise within and between groups, and to review an extensive research program which has utilized this framework to study individual and group behavior in the laboratory. Depending on the game's payoff structure, contradictions or conflicts were created between the rational choices at the individual, group, and collective levels -- a generalization of the contradiction between individual and collective rationality occurring in the traditional mixed-motive games. These contradictions were studied so as to identify the theoretical and behavioral conditions that determine which level of rationality prevails.

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  • Gary Bornstein, 2002. "Intergroup conflict: Individual, group and collective interests," Discussion Paper Series dp297, The Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
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    1. Bornstein, Gary & Winter, Eyal & Goren, Harel, 1996. "Experimental study of repeated team-games," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 12(4), pages 629-639, December.
    2. Bornstein, Gary & Gneezy, Uri & Nagel, Rosmarie, 2002. "The effect of intergroup competition on group coordination: an experimental study," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 1-25, October.
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