Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141630
Authors: 
Artavia-Mora, Luis
Bedi, Arjun S.
Rieger, Matthias
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9871
Abstract: 
We test whether humans are intuitively inclined to cooperate with or punish strangers using a natural field experiment. We exogenously vary the time available to help a stranger in an everyday situation. Our findings suggest that subjects intuitively tend to help but behave more selfishly as thinking time increases. We also present suggestive evidence that time pressure can increase rates of punishment. We discuss our results with respect to findings in the lab on cognitive models of dual-processing and the origins of human cooperation.
Subjects: 
cooperation
punishment
response time
dual-process of cognition
natural field experiment
JEL: 
D03
D63
D64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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