Fairness , Public Good , and Emotional Aspects of Punishment Behavior

  title={Fairness , Public Good , and Emotional Aspects of Punishment Behavior},
  author={Abdolkarim Sadrieh Klaus Abbink and Shmuel Zamir},
We report an experiment on two treatments of an ultimatum minigame. In one treatment, responders’ reactions are hidden to proposers. We observe high rejection rates reflecting responders’ intrinsic resistance to unfairness. In the second treatment, proposers are informed, allowing for dynamic effects over eight rounds of play. The higher rejection rates can be attributed to responders’ provision of a public good: Punishment creates a group reputation for being “tough” and effectively “educate… CONTINUE READING

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