Identifying cooperative behavior: some experimental results in a prisoner’s dilemma game.

In: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Jg. 47 (2002) ; Nr. 3, S. 275-290
ISSN: 0167-2681
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Wirtschaftswissenschaften
In recent years, experimental economists have discovered that people exhibit different patterns of cooperative behavior. This paper presents findings from a face-to-face experiment that analyzed whether individuals who possess a willingness to cooperate can credibly signal it and whether it is recognizable by the partner. Results revealed that both capabilities, signaling and recognizing, depend upon the individual’s propensity to cooperate.