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Strong, Bold, and Kind: Self-Control and Cooperation in Social Dilemmas

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  • Kocher, Martin G.
  • Martinsson, Peter
  • Myrseth, Kristian Ove R.
  • Wollbrant, Conny

We develop a model relating self-control, risk preferences and conflict identification to cooperation patterns in social dilemmas. We subject our model to data from an experimental public goods game and a risk experiment, and we measure conflict identification and self-control. As predicted, we find a robust association between self-control and higher levels of cooperation, and the association is weaker for more risk-averse individuals. Free riders differ from other contributor types only in their tendency not to have identified a self-control conflict in the first place. Our model accounts for the data at least as well as do other models.

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