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Reward and Punishment in Social Dilemmas

ISBN : 9780199300730

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Author: 
Paul A. M. van Lange; Bettina Rockenbach; Toshio Yamagishi
Pages
256 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
163 x 243 mm
Pub date
May 2014
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One of the key scientific challenges is the puzzle of human cooperation. Why do people cooperate? Why do people help strangers, even sometimes at a major cost to themselves? Why do people want to punish others who violate norms and undermine collective interests? Reward and punishment is a classic theme in research on social dilemmas. More recently, it has received considerable attention from scientists working in various disciplines such as economics, neuroscience, and psychology. We know now that reward and punishment can promote cooperation in so-called public good dilemmas, where people need to decide how much from their personal resources to contribute to the public good. Clearly, enjoying the contributions of others while not contributing is tempting. Punishment (and reward) are effective in reducing free-riding. Yet the recent explosion of research has also triggered many questions. For example, who can reward and punish most effectively? Is punishment effective in any culture? What are the emotions that accompany reward and punishment? Even if reward and punishment are effective, are they also efficient - knowing that rewards and punishment are costly to administer? How can sanctioning systems best organized to be reduce free-riding? The chapters in this book, the first in a series on human cooperation, explore the workings of reward and punishment, how they should be organized, and their functions in society, thereby providing a synthesis of the psychology, economics, and neuroscience of human cooperation.

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Preface
Chapter 1: Reward and Punishment in Social Dilemmas: An Introduction
Paul A. M. Van Lange, Bettina Rockenbach, and Toshio Yamagishi
PART 1: THE WORKINGS OF REWARD AND PUNISHMENT
Chapter 2: When Punishment Supports Cooperation: Insights from Voluntary Contribution Experiments
Louis Putterman
Chapter 3: How (and When) Reward and Punishment Promote Cooperation: An Interdependence Theoretical Perspective
Daniel Balliet and Paul A. M. Van Lange
Chapter 4: Regulating the Regulation: Norms About Punishment
Pontus Strimling and Kimmo Eriksson
Chapter 5: For the Common Good? The Use of Sanctions in Social Dilemmas
Eric van Dijk, Laetitia B. Mulder, and Erik W. de Kwaadsteniet
PART 2: THE ORGANZATION OF REWARD AND PUNISHMENT
Chapter 6: Promoting Cooperation: The Distribution of Reward and Punishment Power
Daniele Nosenzo and Martin R. Sefton
Chapter 7: Broadening the Motivation to Cooperate: Revisiting the Role of Sanctions in
Social Dilemmas
Xiao-Ping Chen, Carolyn T. Dang, and Fong Keng-Highberger
Chapter 8: Leadership, Reward and Punishment in Sequential Public Goods Experiments
Matthias Sutter and M. Fernanda Rivas
PART 3: THE FUNCTIONS OF REWARD AND PUNISHMENT IN SOCIETY
Chapter 9: Social Decision-Making in Childhood and Adolescence
Eveline A. Crone, Geert-Jan Will, Sandy Overgauw, and Berna Guroglu
Chapter 10: Why Sanction? Functional Causes of Punishment and Reward
Pat Barclay and Toko Kiyonari
Chapter 11: Self-Governance Through Altruistic Punishment
Nikos Nikiforakis
Chapter 12: Beyond Kin: Cooperation in a Tribal Society
Pierre Lienard

About the author: 

Paul Van Lange is Professor and Chair in Social Interaction and Interdependence, Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, VU University, Amsterdam. Bettina Rockenbach is Professor of Experimental and Behavioral Economics, University of Cologne. Toshio Yamagishi is Professor of Behavioral Science, Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University, Japan.

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