Norms of Punishment: Experiments with Students and the General Population

17 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2015

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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: April 2015

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 people’s ability to cooperate. Here, punishment reversed the order: with punishment, students cooperate more than the general population while they cooperate less without it.

JEL Classification: C72, C90, Z13

Suggested Citation

Bortolotti, Stefania and Casari, Marco and Pancotto, Francesca, Norms of Punishment: Experiments with Students and the General Population (April 2015). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 53, Issue 2, pp. 1207-1223, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2561684 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12187

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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