Punishment and counter-punishment in public good games : Can we really govern ourselves ? ☆

@inproceedings{Nikiforakis2004PunishmentAC,
  title={Punishment and counter-punishment in public good games : Can we really govern ourselves ? ☆},
  author={Nikos Nikiforakis},
  year={2004}
}
A number of experimental studies have shown that the opportunity to punish anti-social behavior increases cooperation levels when agents face a social dilemma. Using a public good experiment, I show that in the presence of counter-punishment opportunities cooperators are less willing to punish free riders. As a result, cooperation breaks down and groups have lower earnings in comparison to a treatment without punishments where free riding is predominant. Approximately one quarter of all… CONTINUE READING
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