Kocher, Martin G. Martinsson, Peter Myrseth, Kristian Ove R. Wollbrant, Conny
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ESMT Working Paper 12-01 (R1)
We develop a model that relates self-control and conflict identification to cooperation patterns in social dilemmas. As predicted, we find in a laboratory public goods experiment a robust association between stronger self-control and higher levels of cooperation. This means that there is evidence for an impulse to be selfish and that cooperative behavior requires self-control effort. Free-riders differ from other contributor types only in their tendency not to have identified a self-control conflict in the first place.
self-control cooperation public good risk experiment