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Rewards in an Experimental Sender-Receiver Game

  • Peeters Ronald
  • Vorsatz Marc
  • Walzl Markus


We show in a sender-receiver game with strictly opposing interests that rewards enhance trust but do not influence truth-telling. Subjects who reward tend to tell the truth and trust more often in the presence and absence of reward opportunities. The amount of obtained rewards thereby enhances truth-telling.

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Paper provided by Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR) in its series Research Memorandum with number 019.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:unm:umamet:2007019
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