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Title:In broad daylight: Full information and higher-order punishment opportunities promote cooperation PDF Logo
Authors:Kameik, Kenju
Putterman, Louis
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Working Paper, Brown University, Department of Economics 2012-3
Abstract:The expectation that non-cooperators will be punished can help to sustain cooperation, but there are competing claims about whether opportunities to engage in higher-order punishment (punishing punishment or failure to punish) help or undermine cooperation in social dilemmas. In a set of experimental treatments, we find that availability of higher-order punishment increases cooperation and efficiency when subjects have full information on the pattern of punishing, including its past history, and opportunities to punish are unrestricted. Availability of higher-order punishment reduces cooperation and efficiency if it is restricted to counter-punishing alone, if past history is unavailable, and if there is a dedicated counter-punishment stage.
Subjects:collective action
social dilemma
voluntary contribution
public goods
punishment
counter-punishment
higher-order punishment
JEL:C9
H41
D0
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, Department of Economics, Brown University

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