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Trust and Recidivism; the Partial Success of Corporate Leniency Program in the Laboratory

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  • Jeroen Hinloopen

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    (Faculty of Economics and Econometrics, Universiteit van Amsterdam)

  • Adriaan Soetevent

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    (Faculty of Economics and Econometrics, Universiteit van Amsterdam)

An experiment is conducted were subjects interact repeatedly to examine the effect of a particular leniency program on cartel formation, cartel stability and cartel recidivism. The program leads to lower prices for three reasons. First, non-cooperators are more persistent in their behavior which effectively blocks cartel formation in their respective groups. Second, members of groups that do form a cartel defect more often thus reducing the average cartel lifetime. Third, the difference between the agreed-upon price and the undercutting price is larger. The leniency program does not however affect the probability that a dismantled cartel is re-established.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2006
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