Conditional cooperation and group dynamics: Experimental evidence from a sequential public goods game
Daniel Houser () and
Additional contact information
Robert Kurzban: University of Pennsylvania
Experimental from EconWPA
We design a novel sequential public goods experiment to study reciprocity, or conditional cooperation. In contrast to the standard simultaneous contribution game, our sequential design provides direct evidence on how subjects condition their own contributions on the contributions of other subjects in the experiment. We develop a simple but useful behavioral-type classification procedure and use it to analyze the data from this design. Our results inform two fundamental hypotheses: (1) subjects’ types are persistent over an experiment; and (2) the types of subjects included in a group affects a group’s ability to sustain cooperation. These hypotheses are often assumed in the public goods literature, yet neither has been directly supported. We find support for both hypotheses. Moreover, we provide a simple summary statistic that, we show, predicts group cooperative dynamics remarkably well.
Keywords: conditional cooperation; public goods games; behavioral type classification; experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C9 D6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe and nep-exp
Date: 2003-07-01, Revised 2005-01-21
Note: Type of Document - pdf; prepared on ibm pc; to print on hp;
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Our link check indicates that this URL is bad, the error code is: 404 Not Found
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:wpa:wuwpex:0307001
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Experimental from EconWPA
Series data maintained by EconWPA ().