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Choice of Partners in Multiple Two-Person Prisoner's Dilemma Games

Esther Hauk () and Rosemarie Nagel ()

Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2001, vol. 45, issue 6, 770-793

Abstract: The effect of unilateral and mutual partner selection in the context of prisoner's dilemmas is examined. Participants played simultaneously several finitely repeated, two-person prisoner's dilemma games. Results show that unilateral choice leads to lower defection and fewer exits than mutual choice. In the unilateral-choice setup, intending defectors are more likely to exit than intending cooperators. Implications of these findings in the political context are discussed.

Date: 2001
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