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 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.


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  • University of Copenhagen
Research areas and keywords

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  • Economics


  • Cooperation, Experiment, Political ideology, Simulation, Social dilemma
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-427
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Early online date2018 Dec 22
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch

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Fosgaard, T. R., Hansen, L. G. & Erik Wengström, 2017 Mar 2, Lund: Department of Economics, Lund University , 21 p. (Working Papers; vol. 2017, no. 4).

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