Inducing efficient conditional cooperation patterns in public goods games, an experimental investigation

Guillen, Pablo and Fatas, Enrique and Branas-Garza, Pablo (2010) Inducing efficient conditional cooperation patterns in public goods games, an experimental investigation. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 31 (6). pp. 872-883. ISSN 0167-2681

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Abstract

This study analyses the behavior in a repeated public goods game when subjects know about the possibility of existence of strict conditional cooperators. We employed a baseline
treatment and a threat treatment in which subjects are informed about the possibility of being in a group together with automata playing a grim trigger strategy. We conjecture
the resulting game allows for almost fully efficient outcomes. Contributions in the threat treatment increase by 40% before a surprise restart, and by 50% after the surprise restart. In line with the grim trigger strategy subjects contribute either all or nothing in the threat
treatment.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Social dilemmas; conditional cooperation
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
A. > Business School > Economics > Behavioural Economics group
Item ID: 10224
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Depositing User: Pablo Branas Garza
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2013 08:19
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:26
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10224

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