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The survival of the conformist: social pressure and renewable resource management

  • Alessandro Tavoni
  • Maja Schl�ter
  • Simon Levin

This paper examines the role of other-regarding behavior as a mechanism for the establishment and maintenance of cooperation in resource use under variable social and environmental conditions. By coupling resource stock dynamics with social dynamics concerning compliance to a social norm prescribing non-excessive resource extraction in a common pool resource, we show that when reputational considerations matter and a sufficient level of social stigma affects the violators of a norm, sustainable outcomes are achieved. We find large parameter regions where norm-observing and norm-violating types coexist, and analyze to what extent such coexistence depends on the environment.

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Paper provided by Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in its series GRI Working Papers with number 35.

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