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Does stake size matter for cooperation and punishment?

  • Kocher, Martin G.
  • Martinsson, Peter
  • Visser, Martine

The effects of stake size on cooperation and punishment are investigated using a public goods experiment. We find that an increase in stake size does neither significantly affect cooperation nor the level of punishment.

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Paper provided by University of Munich, Department of Economics in its series Munich Reprints in Economics with number 18191.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Publication status: Published in Economics Letters 3 99(2008): pp. 508-511
Handle: RePEc:lmu:muenar:18191
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