Fooling the Nice Guys: Explaining receiver credulity in a public good game with lying and punishment

@inproceedings{Irlenbusch2013FoolingTN,
  title={Fooling the Nice Guys: Explaining receiver credulity in a public good game with lying and punishment},
  author={Bernd Irlenbusch and Janna Ter Meer},
  year={2013}
}
We demonstrate that receiver credulity can be understood through a false consensus effect: the likelihood with which individuals believe messages about the behavior of others can be explained by their own behavioral tendencies in a comparable situation. In a laboratory experiment, subjects play a public good game with punishment in which feedback on actual contributions is obscured. Instead, subjects communicate what they have contributed through a post hoc announcement mechanism. Using… CONTINUE READING

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