Incomplete punishment networks in public goods games: Experimental evidence

Leibbrandt, Andreas, Ramalingam, Abhijit, Sääksvuori, Lauri and Walker, James M. (2015) Incomplete punishment networks in public goods games: Experimental evidence. Experimental Economics, 18 (1). pp. 15-37. ISSN 1573-6938

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Abundant evidence suggests that high levels of contributions to public goods can be sustained through self-governed monitoring and sanctioning. This experimental study investigates the effectiveness of decentralized sanctioning institutions in alternative punishment networks. Our results show that the structure of punishment network significantly affects allocations to the public good. In addition, we observe that network configurations are more important than punishment capacities for the levels of public good provision, imposed sanctions and economic efficiency. Lastly, we show that targeted revenge is a major driver of anti-social punishment.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: public goods experiment,punishment,cooperation,networks
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2013 14:20
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 09:30
DOI: 10.1007/s10683-014-9402-3


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