Coöperatie in Spelshows (Cooperation in Game Shows)
Samenwerking in sociale dilemma's; Voorbeelden van Nederlands onderzoek, Amsterdam University Press, pp. 209-234, 2012
26 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2013 Last revised: 29 Apr 2013
Date Written: November 8, 2012
In this chapter, we argue that game shows can be a useful source of data to study cooperative behavior. The unique combination of well-defined decision problems and large stakes makes game show data complementary to both experimental and field data. Over the past years, a number of TV shows have employed a variant of the prisoner’s dilemma. We summarize the results of five different studies that use these shows to test a broad range of hypotheses. Finally, we discuss caveats of game show data, and contend that the potential problems are mostly not very different from those with experimental and field data.
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Keywords: experimental economics, natural experiment, game show, prisoner’s dilemma, cooperation, cooperative behavior, social behavior, social preferences, reciprocity, reciprocal behavior, context effects, anchoring
JEL Classification: C72, C93, D03
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