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Identity, Cooperation, and Punishment

  • McLeish, Kendra N.

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    (University of Calgary)

  • Oxoby, Robert J.

    ()

    (University of Calgary)

Among economists, there is increased recognition of the role individuals’ identities play in decision-making. In this paper, we conduct laboratory experiments in which we explore the motivations for and the effects of group identity. We find that negative out-group opinion (acting as an inter-group identity threat) can motivate in-group/out-group effects in a simple bargaining context. Further, our results suggest that disparagement of group norms by members of the in-group (acting as an intra-group identity threat) increases the use of costly punishment within the in-group.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2572.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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