Punitive sentiment as an anti-free rider psychological device

  • Michael E. Pricea, Leda Cosmidesb, John Toobya
  • Published 2002
Those who contribute to a public good sometimes experience punitive sentiments toward others. But is the system that produces these sentiments an adaptation and, if so, which collective action problem was it designed to solve? Prior results from experimental economics show that acts of free riding are sometimes punished, that punishment deters free riding… CONTINUE READING