Norms of Punishment in the General Population

Quaderni - Working Paper DSE N° 898

33 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2013

See all articles by Stefania Bortolotti

Stefania Bortolotti

MPI for Research on Collective Goods

Marco Casari

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Francesca Pancotto

Department of Communication and Economics; Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM); University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 6, 2013

Abstract

Norms of cooperation and punishment differ across societies, but also within a single society. In an experiment with two subject pools sharing the same geographical and cultural origins, we show that opportunities for peer punishment increase cooperation among students but not in the general population. In previous studies, punishment magnified the differences across societies in peoples ability to cooperate. Here, punishment reversed the order: with punishment, students cooperate more than the general population while they cooperate less without it. Our results obtained with students cannot be readily generalized to the society at large.

Keywords: Public goods game, representative sample, experiments, external validity

JEL Classification: C72, C90, Z13

Suggested Citation

Bortolotti, Stefania and Casari, Marco and Pancotto, Francesca, Norms of Punishment in the General Population (August 6, 2013). Quaderni - Working Paper DSE N° 898. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2306972 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2306972

Stefania Bortolotti (Contact Author)

MPI for Research on Collective Goods ( email )

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Marco Casari

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

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Francesca Pancotto

Department of Communication and Economics ( email )

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University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

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Bologna, 40125
Italy

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