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Fair and actual degrees of cooperation: Effects of others’ behavior and temporal separation of responses

Conference paper
Authors Anders Biel
Daniel Eek
Published in Paper presented at “The 11th international conference on social dilemmas”, Krakow, Poland.
Publication year 2005
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords Social dilemmas, cooperation, fairness
Subject categories Social Sciences


The aims of the present experiment were to investigate what information people in a public good dilemma base their ratings of fair cooperation rates on, and whether they tailor their ratings of fairness and their behavior to fit each other. Results indicate that the high correlations between fair and actual cooperation rates observed in previous research are misleading. When asked about fair de-grees of cooperation prior to making the own decision, people tailor their re-sponses. When the measures are separated in time, the correlations become more modest. Results also demonstrate that people use others’ behavior to determine what a fair degree of cooperation is

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