We investigate the effects of competition on subjects’ attitude towards cooperation. Three groups face three economic environments with different degrees of competition, from a benchmark case with no competition at all up to a perfect competition case. Subjects contribute generously to a public project in the absence of competition, whereas they contribute very little in the presence of a maximum degree of competition. A diminishing attitude towards cooperation clearly emerges as the degree of competition increases. Therefore, if cooperation does enhance well-being, the maximum degree of competition may be not efficient.

Canegallo, C., Ottone, S., Ortona, G., Ponzano, F., Scacciati, F. (2008). Competition versus cooperation: some experimental evidence. JOURNAL OF SOCIO-ECONOMICS, 37(1), 18-30 [10.1016/j.socec.2006.12.045].

Competition versus cooperation: Some experimental evidence

OTTONE, STEFANIA;
2008

Abstract

We investigate the effects of competition on subjects’ attitude towards cooperation. Three groups face three economic environments with different degrees of competition, from a benchmark case with no competition at all up to a perfect competition case. Subjects contribute generously to a public project in the absence of competition, whereas they contribute very little in the presence of a maximum degree of competition. A diminishing attitude towards cooperation clearly emerges as the degree of competition increases. Therefore, if cooperation does enhance well-being, the maximum degree of competition may be not efficient.
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cooperation; well-being; competition; efficiency
English
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Canegallo, C., Ottone, S., Ortona, G., Ponzano, F., Scacciati, F. (2008). Competition versus cooperation: some experimental evidence. JOURNAL OF SOCIO-ECONOMICS, 37(1), 18-30 [10.1016/j.socec.2006.12.045].
Canegallo, C; Ottone, S; Ortona, G; Ponzano, F; Scacciati, F
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