Strong, Bold, and Kind: Self-Control and Cooperation in Social Dilemmas

Martin G. Kocher, Kristian Ove R. Myrseth, Peter Martinsson, Conny E. Wollbrant
2012 Social Science Research Network  
We develop a model relating self-control, risk preferences and conflict identification to cooperation patterns in social dilemmas. We subject our model to data from an experimental public goods game and a risk experiment, and we measure conflict identification and self-control. As predicted, we find a robust association between self-control and higher levels of cooperation, and the association is weaker for more risk-averse individuals. Free riders differ from other contributor types only in
more » ... or types only in their tendency not to have identified a self-control conflict in the first place. Our model accounts for the data at least as well as do other models. JEL: C91, D03, H40
doi:10.2139/ssrn.1988286 fatcat:64mvnhr7ynbr7d24a3oa3p76oy