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Dynamic bargaining and normative conflict.


Winter, Fabian; Rauhut, Heiko; Miller, Luis (2018). Dynamic bargaining and normative conflict. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 74(June 2018):112-126.

Abstract

While experimental game theory has provided evidence that social norms can promote cooperation, the importance of normative conflict has received little attention so far. We present results from an experiment on the dynamics of normative conflict over the consideration of equality, equity, or efficiency for the distribution of joint earnings. Normative conflict is measured by the number of rejected offers in a dynamic bargaining game. We find that more alternative normative principles lead to more persistent normative conflict. Furthermore, we show that, in either simple or complex situations, the convergence towards a simple and widely shared norm is likely. In contrast, in moderately complex situations, convergence is unlikely and several equally reasonable norms co-exist.

Abstract

While experimental game theory has provided evidence that social norms can promote cooperation, the importance of normative conflict has received little attention so far. We present results from an experiment on the dynamics of normative conflict over the consideration of equality, equity, or efficiency for the distribution of joint earnings. Normative conflict is measured by the number of rejected offers in a dynamic bargaining game. We find that more alternative normative principles lead to more persistent normative conflict. Furthermore, we show that, in either simple or complex situations, the convergence towards a simple and widely shared norm is likely. In contrast, in moderately complex situations, convergence is unlikely and several equally reasonable norms co-exist.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Applied Psychology, Economics and Econometrics, General Social Sciences
Language:English
Date:1 June 2018
Deposited On:15 Oct 2018 12:18
Last Modified:15 Oct 2018 12:19
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2214-8043
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socec.2018.03.003
Related URLs:https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-behavioral-and-experimental-economics
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