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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Strong, bold and kind: Self-control and cooperation in social dilemmas
Author(s): Kocher, Martin
Martinsson, Peter
Myrseth, Kristian Ove
Wollbrant, Conny
Keywords: experiment
public good
Issue Date: 31-Mar-2017
Date Deposited: 9-Jan-2019
Citation: Kocher M, Martinsson P, Myrseth KO & Wollbrant C (2017) Strong, bold and kind: Self-control and cooperation in social dilemmas. Experimental Economics, 20 (1), pp. 44-69.
Abstract: We develop a model that relates self-control to cooperation patterns in social dilemmas, and we test the model in a laboratory public goods experiment. As predicted, we find a robust association between stronger self-control and higher levels of cooperation, and the association is at its strongest when the decision maker’s risk aversion is low and the cooperation levels of others high. We interpret the pattern as evidence for the notion that individuals may experience an impulse to act in self-interest—and that cooperative behavior benefits from self-control. Free-riders differ from other contributor types only in their tendency not to have identified a self-control conflict in the first place.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s10683-015-9475-7
Rights: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Experimental Economics. The final authenticated version is available online at:

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