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Cooperation under the Shadow of the Future: Experimental Evidence from Infinitely Repeated Games

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  • Bo, Pedro Dal (Brown University)
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  • Abstract

    While there is an extensive literature on the theory of infinitely repeated games, empirical evidence on how "the shadow of the future" affects behavior is scarce and inconclusive. I simulate infinitely repeated prisoner's dilemma games in the lab with a random continuation rule. The experimental design represents an improvement over the existing literature by including sessions with finite repeated games as controls and a large number of players per session (which allows for learning without contagion effects). I find that the shadow of the future matters not only by significantly reducing opportunistic behavior, but also because its impact closely follows theoretical predictions. (JEL C72, C73, C91, C92)
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  • 34573 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Bo, Pedro Dal. Cooperation under the shadow of the future: Experimental evidence from infinitely repeated games. American Economic Review.95, (5), 1591-1604.2005.
    • ID: 10.1257/000282805775014434 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Bo, Pedro Dal (2013): Cooperation under the Shadow of the Future: Experimental Evidence from Infinitely Repeated Games. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.