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Does Bilateralism Foster Co-operation in Europe? An Experimental Approach of Comparative Merits of Bilateralism and Multilateralism

Kene Boun My (), Alban Verchère () and Stephane Bertrand
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Alban Verchère: GATE Lyon Saint-Étienne - Groupe d'analyse et de théorie économique - ENS Lyon - École normale supérieure - Lyon - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 - UCBL - Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 - Université de Lyon - UJM - Université Jean Monnet [Saint-Étienne] - Université de Lyon - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Abstract: Europe is oscillating between increased integration and permanent risk of dissolution. In this framework, one often debates the role of bilateral relations, with the following question: does bilateralism foster or delay overall co-operation? We address this question in an experimental framework where we study the behaviour of agents who are confronted with a multiplicity of prisoners' dilemma games, either in a bilateral or a multilateral way. We surprisingly observe that the co-operation between all is significantly higher when interactions are bilateral and that the difference between these two institutional contexts is growing in time in favour of bilateralism.

Keywords: Bilateralism; Multilateralism; Experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-09
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Published in JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 2009, 47 (4), pp.891-910. ⟨10.1111/j.1468-5965.2009.02009.x⟩

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2009.02009.x

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