Cultural Identities and Resolution of Social Dilemmas

18 Pages Posted: 14 May 2020

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James C. Cox

Georgia State University

Vjollca Sadiraj

Georgia State University

Urmimala Sen

Georgia State University

Date Written: January 2020

Abstract

We report an experiment on payoff‐equivalent, sequential provision and appropriation games with high‐ and low‐caste Indian villagers. A central question is whether caste identities affect resolution of social dilemmas. Making caste salient elicits striking changes in behavior compared to baseline treatment with no information about others' castes. Homogenous groups with high caste villagers are more successful in resolving social dilemmas than homogenous groups with low caste villagers. The success of mixed‐caste groups is somewhere between, which is inconsistent with a group identity model. Absent salient information on caste, behavior is inconsistent with unconditional social preferences but as predicted by reciprocity.

JEL Classification: C93, H41, Z13

Suggested Citation

Cox, James C. and Sadiraj, Vjollca and Sen, Urmimala, Cultural Identities and Resolution of Social Dilemmas (January 2020). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 58, Issue 1, pp. 49-66, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3596381 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12727

James C. Cox (Contact Author)

Georgia State University

Vjollca Sadiraj

Georgia State University

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Georgia State University ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

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