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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Social dilemmas: When self-control benefits cooperation
Author(s): Martinsson, Peter
Myrseth, Kristian Ove R
Wollbrant, Conny
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Keywords: cooperation
self control
pro-social behaviour
public good experiment
Issue Date: Dec-2014
Citation: Martinsson P, Myrseth KOR & Wollbrant C (2014) Social dilemmas: When self-control benefits cooperation. Journal of Economic Psychology, 45, pp. 213-236.
Abstract: Individuals in a social dilemma may experience a self-control conflict between urges to act selfishly and their better judgment to cooperate. Pairing a public goods game with a subtle framing technique, we test whether perception of self-control conflict strengthens the association between self-control and cooperation. Consistent with our hypothesis, cooperative behavior is positively associated with self-control in the treatment that raised the relative likelihood of perceiving conflict, but not associated with self-control in the treatment that lowered the likelihood. These results indicate that it is important to understand the role of self-control in cooperation.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.joep.2014.09.004
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