The logic of costly punishment reversed: Expropriation of free-riders and outsiders
David Hugh-Jones () and
CAGE Online Working Paper Series from Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE)
Current literature views the punishment of free-riders as an under-supplied public good, carried out by individuals at a cost to themselves. It need not be so: often, free-riders’ property can be forcibly appropriated by a coordinated group. This power makes punishment profitable, but it can also be abused. It is easier to contain abuses, and focus group punishment on free-riders, in societies where coordinated expropriation is harder. Our theory explains why public goods are undersupplied in heterogenous communities: because groups target minorities instead of free-riders. In our laboratory experiment, outcomes were more efficient when coordination was more difficult, while outgroup members were targeted more than ingroup members, and reacted differently to punishment
Keywords: Cooperation; Costly punishment; Group coercion; Heterogeneity JEL Classification: H1; H4; N4; D02 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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