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Does exposure to violence affect reciprocity? Experimental evidence from the West Bank

Elisa Cavatorta (), Daniel Zizzo and Yousef Daoud ()
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Elisa Cavatorta: Department of Political Economy, King's College London, United Kingdom
Yousef Daoud: Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and Birzeit University

No 614, Discussion Papers Series from University of Queensland, School of Economics

Abstract: This paper studies how reciprocity is affected by exposure to political violence in early age. We combine a research design that isolates the exogenous exposure to violence with a lab-in-the-field experiment to study how reciprocity in the forms of conditional cooperation and vindictive behavior in adolescents varies as a result of exposure to violence. We focus on young Palestinians in the West Bank region of the Palestinian territories. We find that exposure to violence affects reciprocity of Palestinian adolescents: those more exposed to violence engage in more reciprocal behavior in both the domain of cooperation and that of aggression. Part of the effect is explained by changes in the beliefs about their peers' behavior.

Keywords: reciprocity; cooperation; conflict; violence; Palestine. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 C91 D91 I25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-01-10
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