Strategies of Cooperation and Punishment Among Students and Clerical Workers

Quaderni DSE Working Paper No. 828

43 Pages Posted: 29 May 2012

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Maria Bigoni

University of Bologna - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Gabriele Camera

Chapman University - Economic Science Institute; University of Bologna - Dept. of Economics

Marco Casari

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

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Date Written: May 28, 2012

Abstract

We study individual behavior of students and workers in an experiment where they repeatedly faced with the same cooperative task. The data show that clerical workers differ from college students in overall cooperation rates, strategies adopted, and use of punishment opportunities. Students cooperate more than workers, and cooperation increases in both subject pools when a personal punishment option is available. Students are less likely than workers to adopt strategies of unconditional defection and more likely to select strategies of conditional cooperation. Finally, students are more likely than workers to sanction uncooperative behavior with decentralized punishment and also personal punishment when available.

Keywords: non-standard subject pools, prisoner’s dilemma, personal punishment, artefactual field experiment, stranger matching

JEL Classification: C90, C70, D80

Suggested Citation

Bigoni, Maria and Camera, Gabriele and Casari, Marco, Strategies of Cooperation and Punishment Among Students and Clerical Workers (May 28, 2012). Quaderni DSE Working Paper No. 828. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2069954 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2069954

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Gabriele Camera

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Marco Casari

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

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Bologna, 40125
Italy

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