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Matching technology and the choice of punishment institutions in a prisoner’s dilemma game

Grimm, Veronika and Mengel, Friederike (2011) 'Matching technology and the choice of punishment institutions in a prisoner’s dilemma game.' Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 78 (3). pp. 333-348. ISSN 0167-2681

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We experimentally investigate the effect of endogenous matching within a segmented population on peoples' willingness to cooperate as well as their attitudes towards cooperative norms. In the experiment participants can repeatedly choose between two groups, where in one of them a (local) punishment institution fosters cooperation. The degree of population viscosity (i.e. the extent to which matching is biased towards within-group interactions) is varied across treatments. We find that both, the share of participants that choose into the group with the punishment institution and the share of participants that cooperate, increase monotonically with the degree of population viscosity. Furthermore - with higher population viscosity - significantly more subjects claim to support a punishment institution in a post-experimental questionnaire. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Experiments; Cooperation; Punishment institutions; Evolution; Population viscosity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 May 2013 19:30
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 12:36

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