Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96550
Authors: 
Martinsson, Peter
Myrseth, Kristian Ove R.
Wollbrant, Conny
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
ESMT Working Paper 10-004 (R1)
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
self-control
pro-social behavior
public good experiment
conditional cooperation
JEL: 
D01
D03
D64
D70
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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