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Conditional Cooperation: Disentangling Strategic from Non-Strategic Motivations
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We use a novel experimental design to examine the role of reputational concerns in explaining conditional cooperation in social dilemmas. By using the strategy method in a repeated sequential prisoners' dilemma in which the probabilistic end is known, we can distinguish between strategically and non-strategically motivated cooperation. Second movers who are strong reciprocators ought to conditionally cooperate with first movers irrespective of whether the game continues or not. In contrast,doi:10.2139/ssrn.1115265 fatcat:ydfjnackrjanrggbutj6kvtzbu