Habits of Virtue: Creating Norms of Cooperation and Defection in the Laboratory

@article{Peysakhovich2016HabitsOV,
  title={Habits of Virtue: Creating Norms of Cooperation and Defection in the Laboratory},
  author={Alexander Peysakhovich and David G. Rand},
  journal={Management Science},
  year={2016},
  volume={62},
  pages={631-647}
}
What explains variability in norms of cooperation across organizations and cultures? One answer comes from the internalization of norms prescribing behavior that is typically successful under the institutions that govern one’s daily life. These norms are then carried over into atypical situations beyond the reach of institutions. Here we experimentally demonstrate such spillovers. First, we immerse subjects in environments that do or do not support cooperation using repeated Prisoner’s Dilemmas… CONTINUE READING

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