An Experimental Investigation of a Third Person Enforcement in a Prisoner’s Dilemma Game

9 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2012 Last revised: 25 Jun 2012

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Takao Kusakawa

Kochi University of Technology - School of Economics and Management

Kazuhito Ogawa

Kansai University; Centre for Experimental Economics, Kansai University

Tatsuhiro Shichijo

Osaka Prefecture University - Graduate School of Economics

Date Written: June 8, 2012

Abstract

We experimentally study the effect of a third person enforcement on a one-shot prisoner’s dilemma game played by two persons, with whom the third person plays repeated prisoner’s dilemma games. We find that when the third person can observe these two persons’ play, the possibility of the third person’s future punishment causes them to cooperate in the one-shot game.

Keywords: third person, infinitely repeated prisoner’s dilemma, cooperation, experiment

JEL Classification: C73, C91, L14

Suggested Citation

Kusakawa, Takao and Ogawa, Kazuhito and Shichijo, Tatsuhiro, An Experimental Investigation of a Third Person Enforcement in a Prisoner’s Dilemma Game (June 8, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2030602 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2030602

Takao Kusakawa

Kochi University of Technology - School of Economics and Management ( email )

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Kazuhito Ogawa (Contact Author)

Kansai University ( email )

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Osaka, 564-8680
Japan

Centre for Experimental Economics, Kansai University ( email )

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Osaka, 564-8680
Japan

Tatsuhiro Shichijo

Osaka Prefecture University - Graduate School of Economics ( email )

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Sakai, Osaka Prefecture 599-8531
Japan

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