Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/159930
Authors: 
Bigoni, Maria
Bortolotti, Stefania
Casari, Marco
Gambetta, Diego
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Quaderni - Working Paper DSE 1092
Abstract: 
The marked difference in the development of the North and the South of Italy represents a prototypical case of seemingly intractable within-country disparities. Recent research found that a plausible determinant of this socio-economic gap would be a difference in the ability to cooperate. Through a laboratory experiment we investigate whence this difference derives, whether from different preferences or from different beliefs. Our findings indicate that Northerners and Southerners share the same individual pro-social preferences, and that the cooperation gap lies rather in the pessimistic beliefs that Southerners have about their cooperativeness. Southerners, furthermore, manifest a stronger aversion to social risk, as compared to the risk of nature. A policy implication is that an intervention or an event that reduced pessimistic beliefs would directly boost cooperation levels.
JEL: 
C72
C93
Z13
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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