Individual Behavior and Group Membership: Comment

27 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2008

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Matthias Sutter

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods; University of Cologne - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 2008

Abstract

Charness et al. (2007b) have shown that group membership has a strong effect on individual decisions in strategic games when group membership is salient through payoff commonality. In this comment I show that their findings also apply to non-strategic decisions, even when no outgroup exists, and I relate the effects of group membership on individual decisions to joint decision making in teams. I find in an investment experiment that individual decisions with salient group membership are largely the same as team decisions. This finding bridges the literature on team decision making and on group membership effects.

Keywords: Individual Behavior, Group Membership, Team Decision Making, Experiment

JEL Classification: C91, C92, D71

Suggested Citation

Sutter, Matthias, Individual Behavior and Group Membership: Comment (September 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1277825 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1277825

Matthias Sutter (Contact Author)

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods ( email )

Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 10
D-53113 Bonn, 53113
Germany

University of Cologne - Department of Economics

Cologne, 50923
Germany

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