Cooperation, Framing and Political Attitudes

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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 the same regardless of political attitudes. In an economically equivalent version, in which subjects take from a public good, left-wingers cooperate significantly more than subjects in the middle or to the right of the political spectrum. Through simulation techniques we find that this difference in the framing effect across political point of views is to some extent explained by differences in beliefs and basic cooperation preferences.


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  • University of Copenhagen
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economics
  • Applied Psychology


  • cooperation, social dilemma, political Ideology, experiment, simulation, H41, C90, D03
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLund
PublisherDepartment of Economics, Lund University
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 2
Publication categoryResearch

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NameWorking Papers
PublisherDepartment of Economics, Lund University

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Fosgaard, T. R., Hansen, L. G. & Erik Wengström, 2019, In : Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 158, p. 416-427

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