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Cooperation, framing, and political attitudes

Fosgaard, Toke R. ; Hansen, Lars G. and Wengström, Erik LU (2019) In Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 158. p.416-427
Abstract

This paper shows that political attitudes are linked to cooperative behavior in an incentivized experiment with a large sample randomly drawn from the Danish population. However, this relationship depends on the way the experiment is framed. In the standard game in which subjects give to a public good, contributions are not linked to political attitudes. In an economically equivalent version, in which subjects take from a public good, left-wingers cooperate significantly more than subjects to the right of the political spectrum. This difference is to some extent caused by differences in beliefs and cooperation preferences but a substantial part is left unexplained, indicating that left wingers find cooperating under this institution... (More)

This paper shows that political attitudes are linked to cooperative behavior in an incentivized experiment with a large sample randomly drawn from the Danish population. However, this relationship depends on the way the experiment is framed. In the standard game in which subjects give to a public good, contributions are not linked to political attitudes. In an economically equivalent version, in which subjects take from a public good, left-wingers cooperate significantly more than subjects to the right of the political spectrum. This difference is to some extent caused by differences in beliefs and cooperation preferences but a substantial part is left unexplained, indicating that left wingers find cooperating under this institution more attractive than right wingers do.

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Cooperation, Experiment, Political ideology, Simulation, Social dilemma
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Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
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158
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416 - 427
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0167-2681
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10.1016/j.jebo.2018.12.010
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  author       = {Fosgaard, Toke R. and Hansen, Lars G. and Wengström, Erik},
  issn         = {0167-2681},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {416--427},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization},
  title        = {Cooperation, framing, and political attitudes},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2018.12.010},
  doi          = {10.1016/j.jebo.2018.12.010},
  volume       = {158},
  year         = {2019},
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