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Title:Reciprocity and emotions : arousal, self-reports, and expectations PDF Logo
Authors:Ben-Shakhar, Gershon
Bornstein, Gary
Hopfensitz, Astrid
van Winden, Frans
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:CESifo working papers 1298
Abstract:Although reciprocity is a key concept in the social sciences, it is still unclear why people engage in costly reciprocation. In this study, physiological and self-report measures were employed to investigate the role of emotions, using the Power-to-Take Game. In this 2-person game, player 1 can claim any part of player 2's resources, and player 2 can react by destroying some (or all) of these resources thus preventing their transfer to player 1. Both physiological and self-report measures were related to destruction decisions and expectations. The pattern of emotional arousal and its correlation with self-reported anger highlights the importance of using both techniques for studying reciprocity.
Subjects:emotions
bargaining
laboratory experiment
expectations
reciprocity
physiological arousal
self-report measures of emotions
JEL:C91
C72
A12
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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