Cooperation, framing, and political attitudes

Toke R. Fosgaard, Lars G. Hansen, Erik Wengström*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

11 Citations (Scopus)


This paper shows that political attitudes are linked to cooperative behavior in an incentivized experiment with a large sample randomly drawn from the Danish population. However, this relationship depends on the way the experiment is framed. In the standard game in which subjects give to a public good, contributions are not linked to political attitudes. In an economically equivalent version, in which subjects take from a public good, left-wingers cooperate significantly more than subjects to the right of the political spectrum. This difference is to some extent caused by differences in beliefs and cooperation preferences but a substantial part is left unexplained, indicating that left wingers find cooperating under this institution more attractive than right wingers do.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Pages (from-to)416-427
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 01.02.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 511 Economics
  • Cooperation
  • Experiment
  • Political ideology
  • Simulation
  • Social dilemma

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Competition economics and service strategy - Quantitative consumer behaviour and competition economics


Dive into the research topics of 'Cooperation, framing, and political attitudes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this