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Group Cooperation Under Alternative Peer Punishment Technologies: An Experiment

  • Casari, Marco
  • Luini, Luigi

This paper experimentally studies peer punishment under three alternative technologies. We find that the choice of peer punishment technology has a substantial impact on group performance. First, under technology where at least two subjects in the group must agree before another group member can be punished, group cooperation and group net earnings are the highest. Second, outcomes are similar regardless of whether punishment choices are simultaneously or sequential. These results suggest that punishment is not perceived as a second-order public good but is instead an emotional reaction unresponsive to changes in the strategic environment.

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Paper provided by Purdue University, Department of Economics in its series Purdue University Economics Working Papers with number 1176.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:pur:prukra:1176
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