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Foundations for Cooperation in Social Dilemmas

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dc.contributor.author Ahn, Toh-Kyeong en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:04:06Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:04:06Z
dc.date.issued 2001 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-09-11 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-09-11 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3559
dc.description.abstract "Institutional approaches to social dilemmas have so far focused on how to create incentive structures that channel individuals' behavior into socially desirable outcomes assuming that everyone is selfish. However, the presumption of universal selfishness is not only empirically invalid but may also result in inefficient policy prescriptions in the short run and a culture of distrust in the long run. The game theoretic models that depart from the universal self-interest assumption, on the other hand, have not been successful in incorporating both individual rationality and inter-individual heterogeneity. "This dissertation develops game theoretic models of social dilemmas with individuals who are rational in the sense that they have preferences and try to maximize expected utility but heterogeneous in the sense that they have different preferences over possible social outcomes. This dissertation tests the implications of the models using a series of experimental data sets. The empirical results are: (1) there is a significant proportion of individuals who are rational but not selfish, (2) non-selfish individuals' motivations are best described on a dimension of equity/fairness rather than being thought of as unconditional altruism, and (3) the possibility of sustained mutual cooperation in finitely repeated social dilemmas is affected by the material conditions of the action situation, the composition of types within the population, and individuals' willingness to take risks to initiate coordination." en_US
dc.subject cooperation--theory en_US
dc.subject social dilemmas--models en_US
dc.subject game theory en_US
dc.subject heterogeneity en_US
dc.subject altruism en_US
dc.subject equity en_US
dc.subject self-interest en_US
dc.subject motivation en_US
dc.subject Workshop en_US
dc.title Foundations for Cooperation in Social Dilemmas en_US
dc.type Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries Indiana University, Political Science en_US
dc.type.thesistype Ph.D. en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Theory en_US
dc.submitter.email aurasova@indiana.edu en_US

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