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Title:Cooperation in symmetric and asymmetric prisoner's dilemma games PDF Logo
Authors:Beckenkamp, Martin
Hennig-Schmidt, Heike
Maier-Rigaud, Frank P.
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Preprints of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2006,25
Abstract:We experimentally study the effect of asymmetry on cooperation in a 40 period prisoner's dilemma game in fixed partner design. We distinguish between a high and low payoff symmetric prisoner's dilemma and an asymmetric game combined out of both symmetric ones. Asymmetry significantly decreases cooperation, as low-type players are more likely to defect after mutual cooperation while high-type players initiate cooperation more often than the former. Asymmetry also has a significant negative effect on the stability of cooperation rendering long sequences of mutual cooperation extremely rare.
Subjects:Symmetry
Asymmetry
Prisoner's Dilemma
Experiments
JEL:C81
D70
C91
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Preprints of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

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