Punish in public
Erte Xiao () and
Daniel Houser ()
Journal of Public Economics, 2011, vol. 95, issue 7-8, pages 1006-1017
We report data from public goods games showing that privately-implemented punishment reduces cooperation in relation to a baseline treatment without punishment. When that same incentive is implemented publicly, however, cooperation is sustained at significantly higher rates than in either the baseline or private punishment treatments. Our design ensures that this increased cooperation is not attributable to shame, differences in information or signaling. Rather, our evidence is that the ability to observe the punishment of low-contributors can reverse punishment's detrimental effects. This result has important efficiency implications for the design of mechanisms intended to deter misconduct.
Keywords: Punishment; Cooperation; Norms; Public; goods; game; Experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (20) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only
Journal Article: Punish in public (2011)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: http://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:95:y:2011:i:7-8:p:1006-1017
Access Statistics for this article
Journal of Public Economics is currently edited by R. Boadway and J. Poterba
More articles in Journal of Public Economics from Elsevier
Series data maintained by Shamier, Wendy ().