Conditional cooperation and betrayal aversion

Cubitt, Robin, Gaechter, Simon and Quercia, Simone (2017) Conditional cooperation and betrayal aversion. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 141 . pp. 110-121. ISSN 0167-2681

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We investigate whether there is an association between conditional cooperation and betrayal aversion, two phenomena that we conjecture share common psychological characteristics despite having been studied largely separately in the previous literature. We use a public goods game to categorize subjects by type of contribution preference and we measure betrayal aversion for different categories of subject. We report three studies, using two different methods to measure betrayal aversion: a standard elicitation with monetary incentives and a novel scenario-based measure that we argue addresses concerns about the standard measure. We find strong and robust evidence of an association between conditional cooperation and betrayal aversion in the scenario-based measures but not in the standard measure.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Public goods game; Conditional cooperation; Trust; Betrayal aversion; Exploitation aversion; Free riding; Experiments
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2017 11:30
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:09

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