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ID: 574313.0, MPI für Evolutionsbiologie / Evolutionary ecology
Shame and honour drive cooperation
Authors:Jacquet, Jennifer; Hauert, Christoph; Traulsen, Arne; Milinski, Manfred
Language:English
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2011-12-23
Title of Journal:Biology Letters
Journal Abbrev.:Biol. Lett.
Volume:7
Issue / Number:6
Start Page:899
End Page:901
Review Status:not specified
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:Can the threat of being shamed or the prospect of being honoured lead to greater cooperation? We test this hypothesis with anonymous six-player public goods experiments, an experimental paradigm used to investigate problems related to overusing common resources. We instructed the players that the two individuals who were least generous after 10 rounds would be exposed to the group. As the natural antithesis, we also test the effects of honour by revealing the identities of the two players who were most generous. The non-monetary, reputational effects induced by shame and honour each led to approximately 50 per cent higher donations to the public good when compared with the control, demonstrating that both shame and honour can drive cooperation and can help alleviate the tragedy of the commons.
Free Keywords:cooperation; honour; shame; public goods game; tragedy of the commons
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Brigitte Lechner
Affiliations:MPI für Evolutionsbiologie/Abt. Evolutionsökologie
MPI für Evolutionsbiologie/AG Evolutionstheorie
External Affiliations:Department of Mathematics, University of British Columbia, 1984 Mathematics Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z2; Sea Around Us Project, University of British Columbia, 2202 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z4
Identifiers:ISSN:1744-9561 (print) [ID-No:1]
ISSN:1744-957X (online) [ID-No:2]
DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0367 [ID-No:3]
LOCALID:2885/S 39229 [Listen-Nummer/S-Nummer]
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