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Culture and cooperation

Simon Gächter, Benedikt Herrmann & Christian Thoeni

Kurzfassung Does the cultural background influence the success with which genetically unrelated individuals cooperate in social dilemma situations? In this paper, we provide an answer by analysing the data of Herrmann et al. (2008a), who studied cooperation and punishment in 16 subject pools from six different world cultures (as classified by Inglehart & Baker (2000)). We use analysis of variance to disentangle the importance of cultural background relative to individual heterogeneity and grouplevel differences in cooperation. We find that culture has a substantial influence on the extent of cooperation, in addition to individual heterogeneity and group-level differences identified by previous research. The significance of this result is that cultural background has a substantial influence on cooperation in otherwise identical environments. This is particularly true in the presence of punishment opportunities
   
Typ Artikel (wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift)
   
Schlagwörter (Tags) human cooperation; punishment; culture; experimental public good games
   
Sprache Englisch
Art des Artikels Journal Artikel
Erscheinungsdatum 2-8-2010
Zeitschrift Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences
Verlag Royal Society Publishing (London UK)
ISSN 0962-8436
ISSN (online) 1471-2970
DOI 10.1098/rstb.2010.0135
Jahrgang bzw. Volume 365
Nummer bzw. Issue 1553
Seite(n) 2651-2661
Review Double-Blind Review
   
Zitation Gächter, Simon ; Herrmann, Benedikt ; Thoeni, Christian: Culture and cooperation. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 365 (2010), Nr. 1553, S. 2651-2661, DOI:10.1098/rstb.2010.0135.