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

See all articles by Martijn J. van den Assem

Martijn J. van den Assem

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Dennie van Dolder

VU Amsterdam - School of Business and Economics; Tinbergen Institute; Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics (CeDEx) - University of Nottingham

Date Written: November 8, 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

van den Assem, Martijn J. and van Dolder, Dennie, Coöperatie in Spelshows (Cooperation in Game Shows) (November 8, 2012). Samenwerking in sociale dilemma's; Voorbeelden van Nederlands onderzoek, Amsterdam University Press, pp. 209-234, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2205036

Martijn J. Van den Assem

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, 1081HV
Netherlands

Dennie Van Dolder (Contact Author)

VU Amsterdam - School of Business and Economics ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, 1081HV
Netherlands

Tinbergen Institute ( email )

Burg. Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, 3062 PA
Netherlands

Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics (CeDEx) - University of Nottingham ( email )

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
United Kingdom

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