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Exclusion and Reintegration in a Social Dilemma

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  • Solda, Alice

    () (GATE, University of Lyon)

  • Villeval, Marie Claire

    () (CNRS, GATE)

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Using a negatively framed public good game, we study the cooperative behavior of individuals who reintegrate their group after being excluded by their peers. We manipulate the length of exclusion and whether this length is imposed exogenously or results from a vote. We show that people are willing to exclude the least cooperators although it is not an equilibrium strategy. Exclusion has a positive impact on cooperation when it is followed by a quick rather than a slow reintegration and that the length of exclusion is chosen by the group. In this environment, a quicker reintegration also limits retaliation. Post-exclusion cooperation and forgiveness depend not only on the length of exclusion but also on the perceived intentions of others when they punish.

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  • Solda, Alice & Villeval, Marie Claire, 2017. "Exclusion and Reintegration in a Social Dilemma," IZA Discussion Papers 11227, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    ostracism; exclusion; reintegration; social dilemma; cooperation; experiment;

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    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights

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