Gürerk, Özgür (2010): Social learning increases the acceptance and the efficiency of punishment institutions in social dilemmas.
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Endogenously chosen punishment institutions perform well in increasing contributions and long-term payoffs in social dilemma situations. However, they suffer from (a) initial reluctance of subjects to join the punishment institution and (b) initial efficiency losses due to frequent punishment. Here, we investigate the effects of social learning on the acceptence and the efficiency of a peer punishment institution in a community choice experiment. Subjects choose between communities with and without the possibility to punish peers before interacting in a repeated social dilemma situation. We find that providing participants with a social history - presenting the main results of an identical previous experiment conducted with dierent subjects - decreases the initial reluctance towards the punishment institution signicantly. Moreover, with social history, cooperative groups reach the social optimum more rapidly and there is lower efficiency loss due to reduced punishment. Our findings shed light on the importance of social learning for the acceptance of seemingly unpopular but socially desirable mechanisms.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Social learning increases the acceptance and the efficiency of punishment institutions in social dilemmas|
|Keywords:||Social dilemmas; Social history; Social learning; Community choice; Punishment; Institution choice|
|Subjects:||C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C92 - Laboratory, Group Behavior
H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods > H41 - Public Goods
|Depositing User:||Özgür Gürerk|
|Date Deposited:||10. Dec 2010 22:41|
|Last Modified:||16. Feb 2013 00:25|
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