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Promoting cooperation: the distribution of reward and punishment power

Nosenzo, Daniele; Sefton, Martin

Authors

Daniele Nosenzo daniele.nosenzo@nottingham.ac.uk

Martin Sefton martin.sefton@nottingham.ac.uk



Contributors

Paul A.M. Van Lange
Editor

Bettina Rockenbach
Editor

Toshio Yamagishi
Editor

Abstract

Recent work in experimental economics on the effectiveness of rewards and punishments for promoting cooperation mainly examines decentralized incentive systems where all group members can reward and/or punish one another. Many self-organizing groups and societies, however, concentrate the power to reward or punish in the hands of a subset of group members (‘central monitors’). We review the literature on the relative merits of punishment and rewards when the distribution of incentive power is diffused across group members, as in most of the extant literature, and compare this with more recent work and new evidence showing how concentrating reward/punishment power in one group member affects cooperation.

Publication Date May 8, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Series Title Series in human cooperation
Book Title Reward and punishment in social dilemmas
ISBN 9780199300730
APA6 Citation Nosenzo, D., & Sefton, M. (2014). Promoting cooperation: the distribution of reward and punishment power. In B. Rockenbach, P. A. Van Lange, & T. Yamagishi (Eds.), Reward and punishment in social dilemmasOxford University Press
Keywords Rewards; punishment; discretionary incentives; decentralized incentives; peer-to-peer incentives; centralized incentives; experiment.
Related Public URLs http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199300747.do
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is a draft of an article that has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press in the forthcoming book Reward and punishment in social dilemmas / edited by Paul A.M. Van Lange, Bettina Rockenbach, Toshio Yamagishi due for publication in 2014.

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