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Emotions, Sanctions and Cooperation

Mateus Joffily (), David Masclet (), Charles Noussair and Marie Claire Villeval ()
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Mateus Joffily: ISC - Institut des Sciences Cognitives - UCBL - Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 - Université de Lyon - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Abstract: We use skin conductance responses and self-reports of hedonic valence to study the emotional basis of cooperation and punishment in a social dilemma. Emotional reaction to free-riding incites individuals to apply sanctions when they are available. The application of sanctions activates a "virtuous emotional circle" that accompanies cooperation. Emotionally aroused cooperators relieve negative emotions when they punish free riders. In response, the free-riders experience negative emotions when punished, and increase their subsequent level of cooperation. The outcome is an increased level of contribution that becomes the new standard or norm. For a given contribution level, individuals attain higher levels of satisfaction when sanctioning institutions are in place.

Keywords: Emotions; Sanctions; Cooperation; Experiment; Skin Conductance Responses (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-evo, nep-exp, nep-hpe and nep-soc
Date: 2011
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Published in Working paper GATE 2011-13 ; CIRANO Scientific Publications 2011s-12 ; IZA Discussion paper 5592. 2011

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