Cooperation, framing, and political attitudes

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

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Abstract

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
Volume158
Pages (from-to)416-427
Number of pages12
ISSN0167-2681
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01.02.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

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

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