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Breeding Cooperation: Cultural Evolution in an Intergenerational Public Goods Experiment

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dc.contributor.author Lubell, Mark
dc.contributor.author Hillis, Vicken
dc.contributor.author McCabe, Carl
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-29T19:59:38Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-29T19:59:38Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6534
dc.description.abstract "This paper investigates the evolution of cooperation across multiple laboratory generations in an experimental public goods game. Theories of cultural evolution show how cooperative equlibria can be supported by the transmission of behavioral norms across generations. These types of cultural evolutionary processes are important for political science topics ranging from public policy to political participation. One of the best-established findings in the massive literature on experimental social dilemmas is that within-game communication increases cooperation. We find that it is possible to breed cooperation by selectively exposing later generations of subjects to cooperative messages from previous generations. We propose a number of potential reasons for the fact that between-generation communication (or advice) is at least as strong as within-game communication." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject culture en_US
dc.subject evolution en_US
dc.subject cooperation en_US
dc.subject public goods and bads en_US
dc.subject social dilemmas en_US
dc.title Breeding Cooperation: Cultural Evolution in an Intergenerational Public Goods Experiment en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Capturing the Complexity of the Commons, North American Regional Meeting of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates Sep. 30-Oct. 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ en_US


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