Cooperation in symmetric and asymmetric prisoner's dilemma games

We experimentally study the effect of asymmetry on cooperation in a 40 period prisoner's dilemma game in fixed partner design. We distinguish between a high and low payoff symmetric prisoner's dilemma and an asymmetric game combined out of both symmetric ones. Asymmetry significantly decreases coope... Ausführliche Beschreibung

1. Person: Beckenkamp, Martin
Weitere Personen: Hennig-Schmidt, Heike; Maier-Rigaud, Frank P.
Format: Artikel
Sprache: English
Veröffentlicht: Bonn MPI zur Erforschung von Gemeinschaftsgütern 2006
Beschreibung: 39 Bl.
Serien: Preprints aus dem Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung von Gemeinschaftsgütern ; 2006/25
Schlagworte (SWD): Asymmetrie
Symmetrie
Kooperation
Experiment
Öffentliches Gut
Schlagworte (SH): Symmetry
Asymmetry
Prisoner's dilemma
Experiments
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Zusammenfassung: We experimentally study the effect of asymmetry on cooperation in a 40 period prisoner's dilemma game in fixed partner design. We distinguish between a high and low payoff symmetric prisoner's dilemma and an asymmetric game combined out of both symmetric ones. Asymmetry significantly decreases cooperation, as low-type players are more likely to defect after mutual cooperation while high-type players initiate cooperation more often than the former. Asymmetry also has a significant negative effect on the stability of cooperation rendering long sequences of mutual cooperation extremely rare.
Systematik (JEL): C81  
D70  
C90  

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