Cooperating to Resist Coercion: An Experimental Study
This study sheds light on the difficulties people face in cooperating to resist coercion. We adapt a threshold public goods game to investigate whether people are able to cooperate to resist coercion despite individual incentives to free-ride. Behavior in this resistance game is similar to that observed in multi-period public goods games. Specifically, we observe out-of-equilibrium outcomes and a decrease in successful resistance in later periods of a session compared to earlier ones. Nevertheless, cooperation remains relatively high even in the later periods. Finally, we find that increasing the resistance threshold has a substantial negative effect on the probability of successful resistance.
Rider, Mark and Ackert, Lucy F. and Gillette, Ann B., Cooperating to Resist Coercion: An Experimental Study (January 31, 2011). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 11-06. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1754063 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1754063