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Title:The Role of Choice in Social Dilemma Experiments PDF Logo
Authors:Maier-Rigaud, Frank P.
Apesteguia, José
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:Bonn econ discussion papers 2003,22
Abstract:On the basis of problems related to asymmetric information, self-governance has been proposed and often empirically found to be superior to the external imposition of rules in social dilemma situations. The present paper suggests and experimentally analyses a different line of argument, namely to what extent behavioral aspects can explain these findings. We study this hypothesis using the simplest, most general dilemma form: the prisoner?s dilemma (PD). We compare behavior when players are given the possibility of choosing between two different representations of the same PD, to behavior when players are externally assigned to play a specific game. We find that cooperation rates are significantly higher in the games that were chosen.
Subjects:Freedom of Choice
Self-governance
Social Dilemmas
Framing
JEL:H41
C90
C91
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Bonn Econ Discussion Papers, Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE), Universität Bonn

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