Martinsson, Peter Myrseth, Kristian Ove R. Wollbrant, Conny
Year of Publication:
ESMT Working Paper 10-004 (R1)
Individuals in a social dilemma may experience a self-control conflict between urges to act selfishly and their better judgment to cooperate. Pairing a public goods game with a subtle framing technique, we test whether perception of self-control conflict strengthens the association between self-control and cooperation. Consistent with our hypothesis, cooperative behavior is positively associated with self-control for individuals in the treatment that raised the relative likelihood of perceiving conflict, but not associated with self-control in the treatment that lowered the likelihood. These results help advance our understanding of the role of self-control in social interaction.
self-control pro-social behavior public good experiment conditional cooperation