Cooperating, fast and slow: Testing the social heuristics hypothesis
Eirik Strømland (),
Sigve Tjøtta () and
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Eirik Strømland: Department of Economics, University of Bergen, Postal: Post Box 7802, 5020 Bergen, Norway, http://www.uib.no/en/persons/Eirik.Andre.Str%C3%B8mland
No 02/16, Working Papers in Economics from University of Bergen, Department of Economics
Are humans intuitively cooperative, or do we need to deliberate in order to be generous to others? The Social Heuristics Hypothesis (SHH) proposes that fast instinctive decision making promotes cooperation in social dilemmas. In this paper, we conduct a novel time-pressure experiment to shed light on the cognitive underpinnings of cooperation. Although we find no evidence for a time-pressure effect when considering all subjects, our results, together with a re-analysis of independent data, indicate that a single factor – payoff comprehension – accounts for some studies failure to replicate the finding that fast and intuitive decision making promotes cooperation. Given payoff comprehension, the SHH predicts behavior well. We believe this finding provides a unifying interpretation of the conflicting results in the literature.
Keywords: Cooperation; Intuition; Dual-Process; Public Goods Game (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 C91 C92 D03 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
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