Nota di lavoro // Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei: Sustainable development 2010,127
This paper examines the role of pro-social behavior as a mechanism for the establishment and maintenance of cooperation in resource use under variable social and environmental conditions. By coupling resource stock dynamics with social dynamics concerning compliance to a social norm prescribing non-excessive resource extraction in a common pool resource (CPR), we show that when reputational considerations matter and a sufficient level of social stigma affects the violators of a norm, sustainable outcomes are achieved. We find large parameter regions where norm-observing and norm-violating types coexist, and analyze to what extent such coexistence depends on the environment.
Cooperation Social Norm Ostracism Common Pool Resource Evolutionary Game Theory Replicator Equation Agent-based Simulation Coupled Socio-resource Dynamics