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Game theory and social capital

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Bowles, S., Gintis, H. (2004). The Evolution of Strong Reciprocity: Cooperation in Heterogeneous Populations. Theoretical Population Biology 65, 17-28

How do human groups maintain a high level of cooperation despite a low level of genetic relatedness...

Charness, G., Rustichini, A. (2010). Gender differences in cooperation with group membership

We study experimentally how males and females differ in the way same-gender peers observing their...

Kaplan, T. R., Ruffle, B. J. (2011). Which Way to Cooperate. The Economic Journal, forthcoming

Cooperation in real-world dilemmas takes many forms. We introduce a class of two-player games that...

Pelligra, V. (2011). Empathy, guilt-aversion, and patterns of reciprocity. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics 4 (3), 161-173

This paper reports the results of an experiment aimed at investigating the link between empathy,...

Poulsen, A., Svendsen, G. T. (2005). Social Capital and Endogenous Preferences. Public Choice 123 (1), 171-196

In this paper we analyze whether social capital can emerge endogenously from a process of...

Stanca, L. (2009). Measuring Indirect Reciprocity: Whose Back Do We Scratch? Journal of Economic Psychology, 30(2), 190-202.

This paper presents an experimental investigation of strong indirect reciprocity. We examine both...

Tonin, M. Vlassopoulos, M. (2012). Social Incentives Matter: Evidence from an Online Real Effort Experiment. IZA Discussion Paper 6716.

Contributing to a social cause can be an important driver for workers in the public and non-profit...

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