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Palatable punishment in real-world social dilemmas: Punishing others to increase cooperation among the unpunished
Swiss Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland / Natural and Social Science Interface, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zentrum CHN J73.1, Universitätstrasse 22, CH-8092 Zürich, Switzerland.
University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo 152, Japan.
2006 (English)In: Journal of Applied Social Psychology, ISSN 0021-9029, E-ISSN 1559-1816, Vol. 36, no 5, 1274-1290 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social-dilemma research has shown that imposing sanctions on defection may increase cooperation, a principle behind attempts to solve real-world social dilemmas. Yet sanctioning systems are often difficult to implement: They are unpopular and often have large surveillance and enforcement costs. A new sanctioning system, intentionally punishing defection intermittently for some but not all group members, is shown to increase cooperation among those not punished, a finding labeled the spillover effect. This study suggests that the effect cannot be attributed simply to cooperative tendencies, as factors affecting cooperation do not affect the effect's size. The benefits of such a sanctioning system, which preserves the characteristics of social dilemmas, could include minimization of surveillance and enforcement costs, and greater public acceptability.

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Blackwell Publishing, 2006. Vol. 36, no 5, 1274-1290 p.
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Social Sciences
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Humanities and Social sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-1980DOI: 10.1111/j.0021-9029.2006.00042.xISI: 000237122100011Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33645705099OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-1980DiVA: diva2:32256
Available from: 2008-04-18 Created: 2008-04-18 Last updated: 2013-04-10Bibliographically approved

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