The punishment that sustains cooperation is often coordinated and costly

Samuel Bowles, Robert Boyd, Sarah Mathew, Peter J. Richerson

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Abstract

Experiments are not models of cooperation; instead, they demonstrate the presence of the ethical and other-regarding predispositions that often motivate cooperation and the punishment of free-riders. Experimental behavior predicts subjects' cooperation in the field. Ethnographic studies in small-scale societies without formal coercive institutions demonstrate that disciplining defectors is both essential to cooperation and often costly to the punisher.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-21
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

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The punishment that sustains cooperation is often coordinated and costly. / Bowles, Samuel; Boyd, Robert; Mathew, Sarah; Richerson, Peter J.

In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 35, No. 1, 02.2012, p. 20-21.

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