Resentment and the Evolution of Cooperative Norms

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Xueheng Li

Economics Experimental Lab, Nanjing Audit University

Date Written: January 2, 2020

Abstract

Cross-cultural experiments find that a) cooperation is higher in large societies with greater degrees of market integration than in small-scale societies, and b) cooperation is positively correlated with the quality of law enforcement across societies. The findings are at odds with existing evolutionary models. We study a stochastically dynamic model based on the individual psychology of norm-based resentment. The model describes how cooperation and costly punishment co-evolve and generates predictions consistent with the observed regularities.

Keywords: Social norms, cooperation, costly punishment, stochastic dynamics, stochastic stability

JEL Classification: C73, D63, H41

Suggested Citation

Li, Xueheng, Resentment and the Evolution of Cooperative Norms (January 2, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=

Xueheng Li (Contact Author)

Economics Experimental Lab, Nanjing Audit University ( email )

86 Yushan W Rd
Pukou, Jiangsu 210017
China

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