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Peer-Punishment in a Cooperation and a Coordination Game

by Felix Albrecht 1,2,* and Sebastian Kube 2,3
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Economics Department, University of Marburg, Universitätsstraße 25, D-35037 Marburg, Germany
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Institute for Applied Microeconomics, University of Bonn, Adenauerallee 24-42, D-53113 Bonn, Germany
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Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 10, D-53113 Bonn, Germany
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Games 2018, 9(3), 54; https://doi.org/10.3390/g9030054
Received: 25 May 2018 / Revised: 10 July 2018 / Accepted: 24 July 2018 / Published: 30 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Good Games)
We elicit individual-level peer-punishment types in a cooperation (social dilemma) and a coordination (weakest link) problem. In line with previous literature, we find heterogeneity in peer-punishment in both environments. Comparing punishment behavior across the two environments within subject, we observe a high degree of individuals’ punishment type stability. However, the aggregate punishment demand is higher in the weakest-link game. The difference between the two environments is driven by subjects whose behavioral types are inconsistent rather than by a change in the punishment demand of those who punish in both environments. View Full-Text
Keywords: peer punishment; strategy method; type classification; public goods game; coordination game; weakest link game peer punishment; strategy method; type classification; public goods game; coordination game; weakest link game
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