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Punishment, reward, and cooperation in a framed field experiment

  • Noussair, Charles
  • van Soest, Daan
  • Stoop, Jan

We report a framed field experiment, in which we study the effectiveness of punishment and reward in sustaining cooperation in a social dilemma. Punishments tend to be directed at non-cooperators and rewards are assigned by those who are relatively cooperative. In contrast to the results typically found in laboratory experiments, however, we find that punishments and rewards fail to increase cooperation.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 34067.

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Date of creation: 26 Sep 2011
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