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The Possibility of Co‐Operation: Lessons from Experimental Social Psychology

Jean‐Marie Baland and Jean‐Philippe Platteau

in Halting Degradation of Natural Resources

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198290612
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601613 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198290616.003.0008
 The Possibility of Co‐Operation: Lessons from Experimental Social Psychology

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The findings on non-cooperative game theory from the previous chapters are analysed within context of social experimental psychology. It covers cooperation in repeated games, cooperation in game with communication, and cooperation in one-shot games. It argues that people often fail to behave in ways that do not support the universal free-riding hypothesis, even when interactions are not repeated.

Keywords: cooperation; experimental social psychology; game theory; behaviour

Chapter.  5511 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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