Publication detailsCox, C.A., Karam, A. & Murphy, R.J. (2017). Social preferences and cooperation in simple social dilemma games. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics 69: 1-3.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 2214-8043
- DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2017.05.002
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We use a laboratory experiment to examine the role of social preferences in simple one-shot social dilemma games by comparing play with and without a human counterpart. We find that cooperation rates are slightly lower without a human counterpart in all games we consider. However, the difference is small and statistically insignificant, suggesting that social preferences are not the primary driver of cooperation in one-shot social dilemma games.