Intergroup confict and intra-group punishment in an experimental contest game

Klaus Abbink, Jordi Brandts, Benedikt Herrmann, Henrik Orzen

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    We study how conflict in contest games is influenced by rival parties being groups and by group members being able to punish each other. Our motivation stems from the analysis of sociopolitical conflict. The theoretical prediction is that conflict expenditures are independent of group size and of whether punishment is available. We find, first, that conflict expenditures of groups are substantially larger than those of individuals, and both are above equilibrium. Second, allowing group members to punish each other leads to even larger con-flict expenditures. These results contrast with those from public goods experiments where punishment enhances efficiency.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)420-447
    JournalAmerican Economic Review
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010

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