Social dilemmas: When self-control benefits cooperation

Peter Martinsson, Kristian Ove Myrseth, Conny Wollbrant

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Abstract

Individuals in a social dilemma may experience a self-control conflict between urges to act selfishly and better judgment to cooperate. Pairing a public goods game with a subtle framing technique, we test whether perception of self-control conflict strengthens the association between self-control and cooperation. Consistent with our hypothesis, cooperative behavior is positively associated with self-control in the treatment that raised the relative likelihood of perceiving conflict, but not associated with self-control in the treatment that lowered the likelihood. Our results indicate that self-control benefits cooperation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-236
JournalJournal of Economic Psychology
Volume45
Early online date18 Oct 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

Keywords

  • Cooperation
  • Self-control
  • Pro-social behavior
  • Public good experiment

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