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Title:Harm on an innocent outsider as a lubricant of cooperation: An experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Engel, Christoph
Zhurakhovska, Lilia
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Preprints of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2012,02
Abstract:If two players of a simultaneous symmetric one-shot prisoner's dilemma hold standard prefer-ences, the fact that choosing the cooperative move imposes harm on a passive outsider is imma-terial. Yet if participants hold social preferences, one might think that they are reticent to impose harm on the outsider. This is not what we find, however severe the externality. A within-subjects measure of reticence to impose harm does not explain cooperation. But the externality makes participants more pessimistic. However conditional on their beliefs participants are more, not less cooperative if cooperation entails harm on an outsider, again however severe the externality.
Subjects:externality
prisoner's dilemma
modified dictator game
beliefs
JEL:C72
C91
D03
H23
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Preprints of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

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