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Chun-Lei Yang and Jack Yue
''Assortative Matching, Information and Cooperation: An Experiment''
( 2010, Vol. 30 No.1 )
Yang et al.(2007) show that assortative matching mechanisms can induce a high level of cooperation to prevail in repeated prisoners' dilemma experiments, but societies may also head to an all-defection state rapidly. Here, we additionally provide information on income distribution and show that cooperation significantly increases overall. Moreover, the effect can be traced back to a higher cooperation rate for people in the lowest income classes.
Keywords: Prisoners' dilemma, assortative matching, information, cooperation, experiment
JEL: C9 - Design of Experiments: General
D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making: General
Manuscript Received : Jul 28 2009 Manuscript Accepted : Feb 02 2010

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