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Cooperation and turn taking in finitely-repeated prisoners' dilemmas: An experimental analysis

Sibly, H ORCID: 0000-0003-0271-7710 and Tisdell, J ORCID: 0000-0001-9949-1644 2018 , 'Cooperation and turn taking in finitely-repeated prisoners' dilemmas: An experimental analysis' , The Journal of Economic Psychology, vol. 64 , pp. 49-56 , doi: 10.1016/j.joep.2017.11.003.

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In the standard prisoners' dilemma (SPD) cooperation is efficient. In the repeated, modified prisoners' dilemma (MPD) turn taking is efficient. It might be expected that the cooperative preferences exhibited by some agents, which gives rise to cooperation in the finitely repeated SPD, also give rise to turn taking in the finitely repeated MPD. We consider this question theoretically and experimentally. We find experimentally that 50% of participant pairs undertake turn-taking in the finitely repeated MPD. Turn taking continues to the final round for 37.5% of participant pairs, indicating that at least 18% of participant pairs exhibit cooperative preferences. Further, the prevalence of turn taking in the MPD is less than cooperation in the SPD, a finding that is consistent with theoretical predictions.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Sibly, H and Tisdell, J
Keywords: cooperation, Finitely-Repeated Prisoners' Dilemma, turn-taking, laboratory experiment
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Economic Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier Science Bv
ISSN: 0167-4870
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.joep.2017.11.003
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