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Title:The Janus Face of Cooperation: An Intra- and Cross-Cultural Review PDF Logo
Authors:Walkowitz, Gari
Goerg, Sebastian J.
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Bonn econ discussion papers 2007,5
Abstract:This paper introduces a two-sided methodological framework for studies on cooperation based on a new game design. Presented games are continuous prisoner?s dilemma games with positive and negative presentations of an identically structured decision problem. Decision makers can choose an individual level of cooperation from a given range of possible actions. Within a cross-cultural experimental study involving Palestinian and Israeli subjects we test for a strategic presentation bias applying our framework. Palestinians show a substantially higher cooperation level in the positive externality treatment. In Israel no presentation effect is observed. Critically discussing our findings, we argue that cross-cultural comparison leads to only partially meaningful and opposed results if only one treatment condition is evaluated. We therefore suggest a complementary application and consideration of different presentations of identical decision problems within cross-cultural research.
Subjects:Cooperation
presentation of decision problems
framing
methodology
cross-cultural research
JEL:F51
C91
C72
Z13
A13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Bonn Econ Discussion Papers, Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE), Universität Bonn

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