It Pays to be Nice: The Benefits of Cooperating in Markets
Nina Serdarevic (),
Eirik Strømland () and
Sigve Tjøtta ()
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Nina Serdarevic: University of Bergen, Department of Economics, Postal: Institutt for økonomi, Universitetet i Bergen, Postboks 7802, 5020 Bergen, Norway, https://www.uib.no/en/persons/Nina.Serdarevic
Eirik Strømland: University of Bergen, Department of Economics, Postal: Institutt for økonomi, Universitetet i Bergen, Postboks 7802, 5020 Bergen, Norway, https://www.uib.no/en/persons/Eirik.Andre.Str%C3%B8mland
No 12/18, Working Papers in Economics from University of Bergen, Department of Economics
This paper contributes to the experimental literature by examining the causal effect of partnerchoice opportunities on the earnings of different cooperative types. We first elicit cooperative types and then randomly assign subjects to a repeated prisoner’s dilemma game with either mutual partner choice or random matching. In each round, the individual who fails to attain a partner is excluded from the group. This design allows us to study the causal effect of partner choice on earnings and exclusion. The results from two experiments show that partner choice allows cooperators to outperform free riders, cooperators earn more than free riders, and cooperators are less frequently excluded.
Keywords: cooperation; commitment; partner choice; punishment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 C92 D02 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 53 pages
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