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Incomplete Punishment Networks in Public Goods Games: Experimental Evidence

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  • Andreas Leibbrandt

    (Monash University)

  • Abhijit Ramalingam

    (University of East Anglia)

  • Lauri Saaksvuori

    (Hamburg University)

  • James M. Walker

    (Indiana University)

Abundant evidence suggests that high levels of contributions to public goods can be sustained through self-governed monitoring and sanctions. This experimental study investigates the effectiveness of decentralized sanctioning institutions in alternative punishment networks. Our results show that the structure of punishment network significantly affects allocations to the public good. In addition, we observe that network configurations are more important than punishment capacities for the levels of public good provision, imposed sanctions and economic efficiency. We show that targeted revenge is a major driver of anti-social punishment.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. in its series Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) with number 13-09.

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