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Implementing Punishement and Reward in the Public Goods Game: The Effect of Individual and Collective Decision Rules

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dc.contributor.author Van Miltenburg, Nynke
dc.contributor.author Buskens, Vincent
dc.contributor.author Barrera, Davide
dc.contributor.author Raub, Werner
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-18T14:26:56Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-18T14:26:56Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9290
dc.description.abstract "Punishments and rewards are effective means for establishing cooperation in social dilemmas. We compare a setting where actors individually decide whom to sanction with a setting where sanctions are only implemented when actors collectively agree that a certain actor should be sanctioned. Collective sanctioning decisions are problematic due to the difficulty of reaching consensus. However, when a decision is made collectively, perverse sanctioning (e.g. punishing high contributors) by individual actors is ruled out. Therefore, collective sanctioning decisions are likely to be in the interest of the whole group. We employ a laboratory experiment where subjects play Public Goods Games with opportunities for punishment or reward that is implemented either by an individual, a majority, or unanimously. For both punishment and reward, contribution levels are higher in the individual than the majority condition, and higher under majority than unanimity. Often, majority agreement or unanimity was not reached on punishments or rewards." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject decision making en_US
dc.subject collective action en_US
dc.subject cooperation en_US
dc.subject game theory en_US
dc.title Implementing Punishement and Reward in the Public Goods Game: The Effect of Individual and Collective Decision Rules en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Theory en_US
dc.subject.sector Theory en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal International Journal of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 8 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 47-78 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth February en_US

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