Cooperation, framing, and political attitudes

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Cooperation, framing, and political attitudes. / Fosgaard, Toke R.; Hansen, Lars G.; Wengström, Erik.

In: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 158, 2019, p. 416-427.

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Fosgaard, Toke R. ; Hansen, Lars G. ; Wengström, Erik. / Cooperation, framing, and political attitudes. In: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 2019 ; Vol. 158. pp. 416-427.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Cooperation, framing, and political attitudes

AU - Fosgaard, Toke R.

AU - Hansen, Lars G.

AU - Wengström, Erik

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Cooperation

KW - Experiment

KW - Political ideology

KW - Simulation

KW - Social dilemma

U2 - 10.1016/j.jebo.2018.12.010

DO - 10.1016/j.jebo.2018.12.010

M3 - Article

VL - 158

SP - 416

EP - 427

JO - Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

T2 - Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

JF - Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

SN - 0167-2681

ER -