Using the lab to change the field: an experimental evaluation of the effect of playing economic games on cooperation

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics

Event details

ACDE Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 03 March 2020


Seminar Room 1 WEH Stanner Building 37 Crawford School, ANU


Paulo Santos, Monash University


Ross McLeod, Seminar Convener, ACDE

The study presents experimental evidence of the impact of playing a common property resource (CPR) game on real life cooperation. The CPR game was framed as a pest management activity, the effectiveness of which depends on the decisions of others. Playing the game increases participation in all collective activities. The economic impact of those activities is important, leading to losses that are approximately 22 per cent lower than in the control group. Increased cooperation reflects changes in understanding of others’ willingness to cooperate, not changes in understanding underlying technological interdependencies.

Dr Paulo Santos is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, Monash University.

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