Piqueteros: An Experimental Analysis of Direct vs. Indirect Reciprocity

35 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2008

Date Written: June 18, 2008

Abstract

Research in behavioral economics has recognized the importance of reciprocity in individual behavior. The debate is dominated by a focus on direct reciprocity. Motivated in a real-life situation in Argentina - the piqueteros (pickets) conflict - I use a three-player three-stage game in order to investigate what type of reciprocity prevails in an environment that allows for both direct and indirect reciprocity at he same time. Results suggest that (negative) reciprocity from the directly affected individuals is more frequent than punishment from the third party. However, under our experimental design, when the third party has the choice between direct or indirect reciprocity, the latter prevails.

Keywords: Direct Reciprocity, Indirect Reciprocity, Social Conflict, Punishment

JEL Classification: C92

Suggested Citation

Blanco, Mariana, Piqueteros: An Experimental Analysis of Direct vs. Indirect Reciprocity (June 18, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1147783 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1147783

Mariana Blanco (Contact Author)

Universidad del Rosario ( email )

Bogota
Colombia

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