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Heterogeneity and Cooperation: Four Essays in Behavioral Economics

Kölle, Felix (2012) Heterogeneity and Cooperation: Four Essays in Behavioral Economics. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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    Abstract

    This thesis investigates both, theoretically and empirically, the effects of heterogeneity on cooperation in social dilemma situations. Using concepts and instruments from behavioral and experimental economics, we are particularly interested in whether the knowledge and insights from cooperative behavior in homogeneous groups can be transferred or extrapolated to heterogeneous environments, or whether there are important interaction effects which influence people's willingness to cooperate in non-trivial ways. In Chapter 1, we therefore analyze the interaction of heterogeneous abilities and inequality in wealth on public goods provision. Chapter 2 studies heterogeneity in agents' capabilities and preferences and compares their influence on cooperative behavior when informal sanctions are available or not. In Chapter 3, we investigate how people's willingness to cooperate depends on the information they receive about heterogeneous public goods contributions of others. Finally, in Chapter 4 we examine whether differences in the framing of a decision situation affect the level of cooperation in a two-person social dilemma game. Based on our findings, we derive practical implications for the development of institutions that help to increase efficiency by fostering cooperation.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
    Creators:
    CreatorsEmail
    Kölle, Felixkoelle@wiso.uni-koeln.de
    URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-50748
    Subjects: Social sciences
    Economics
    Uncontrolled Keywords:
    KeywordsLanguage
    experimental economics; behavioral economics; personnel economics; heterogeneity; inequality; cooperation; social dilemma; public goods; fairness; social preferences;English
    Experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung; Verhaltensökonomik; Personalökonomik; Heterogenität; Ungleichheit; Kooperation; Soziale Dilemmata; Öffentliche Güter; Fairness; Soziale Präferenzen;German
    Faculty: Wirtschafts- u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Divisions: Wirtschafts- u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Seminar für Allg. BWL und Personalwirtschaftslehre
    Language: English
    Date: 30 November 2012
    Date Type: Publication
    Date of oral exam: 05 March 2013
    Full Text Status: Public
    Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2013 16:37:52
    Referee
    NameAcademic Title
    Sliwka, DirkProf. Dr.
    Rockenbach, BettinaProf. Dr.
    URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/5074

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