Cooperation in Symmetric and Asymmetric Prisoner's Dilemma Games
Martin Beckenkamp (),
Heike Hennig-Schmidt and
Frank Maier-Rigaud ()
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Martin Beckenkamp: Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn
No 2006_25, Discussion Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods from Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
We experimentally study the effect of asymmetry on cooperation in a 40 period prisoner's dilemma game in fixed partner design. We distinguish between a high and low payoff symmetric prisoner's dilemma and an asymmetric game combined out of both symmetric ones. Asymmetry significantly decreases cooperation, as low-type players are more likely to defect after mutual cooperation while high-type players initiate cooperation more often than the former. Asymmetry also has a significant negative effect on the stability of cooperation rendering long sequences of mutual cooperation extremely rare.
Keywords: Symmetry; Asymmetry; Prisoner's Dilemma; Experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C81 D70 C91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42 pages
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