Simple and Complex Gift Exchange in the Laboratory

CentER Working Paper No. 78

Posted: 12 Jan 2000

See all articles by Eline van der Heijden

Eline van der Heijden

Tilburg University, CentER

Jan H. M. Nelissen

CentERdata; Tilburg University, CentER

Johannes (Jan) J. M. Potters

Tilburg University - CentER

Harrie A. A. Verbon

Tilburg University - CentER; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: 1999

Abstract

We examine an experimental gift exchange game in which the players can improve upon the unique no-gifts equilibrium through cooperative gift giving. The main feature of the study is that there are two different types of gift exchange, which we call simple and complex exchange, respectively. Complex exchange gives higher payoffs than simple exchange but it requires not only mutual trust, like simple exchange, but also a substantial degree of coordination. We examine whether players are able to conclude simple and complex exchanges and how this is affected by the move and matching structure of the game.

JEL Classification: C90, D63, H55

Suggested Citation

van der Heijden, Eline and Nelissen, Jan H. M. and Potters, Johannes (Jan) J. M. and Verbon, Harrie A. A., Simple and Complex Gift Exchange in the Laboratory (1999). CentER Working Paper No. 78. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=200075

Eline Van der Heijden

Tilburg University, CentER ( email )

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Jan H. M. Nelissen

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Johannes (Jan) J. M. Potters (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - CentER ( email )

Department of Economics
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Netherlands
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Harrie A. A. Verbon

Tilburg University - CentER ( email )

Department of Economics
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Netherlands
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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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