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Competition vs. Cooperation. An Experimental Inquiry

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  • Bissey, Marie-Edith
  • Canegallo, Claudia
  • Ortona, Guido
  • Scacciati, Francesco

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It is argued that the propensity to cooperate may be negatively affected by competition. Experimental evidence support this hypothesis. In a set of three experiments in which different degrees of competition characterize the markets, participants reduce their contributions to a public project as the degree of competition increases, from the benchmark case (no competition on the private market) up to the perfect competition case.

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  • Bissey, Marie-Edith & Canegallo, Claudia & Ortona, Guido & Scacciati, Francesco, 2003. "Competition vs. Cooperation. An Experimental Inquiry," POLIS Working Papers 37, Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS.
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