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Title:Everyone is a winner: promoting cooperation through all-can-win intergroup competition PDF Logo
Authors:Reuben, Ernesto
Tyran, Jean-Robert
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4112
Abstract:We test if cooperation is promoted by rank-order competition between groups in which all groups can be ranked first, i.e. when everyone can be a winner. This type of rank-order competition has the advantage that it can eliminate the negative externality a group's performance imposes on other groups. However, it has the disadvantage that incentives to outperform others are absent if groups perform at the same level and it therefore does not eliminate low-cooperation equilibria. We find that all-can-win competition produces a universal increase in cooperation and benefits a majority of individuals if incentives to compete are strong.
Subjects:Intergroup competition
cooperation
public goods
experiment
JEL:H41
M52
C92
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2009051399
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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