MAS 2015 Proceeding

Modelling the effect of individual differences in punishment sensitivity on behaviour in a public goods game

Authors:   Tuong Manh Vu, Peer-Olaf Siebers, Anya Skatova, Theodore Turocy


Previous research on social dilemmas demonstrated that various forms of punishment for free-riding can increase contribution levels in public goods games. The way individual group members react to the possibility of punishment can be also affected by individual differences in punishment sensitivity. Therefore, depending individual differences in punishment sensitivity of group members, different levels of punishment can be more or less effective to prevent free riding behaviour. This paper uses agent-based modelling to model the effect of punishment sensitivity on contribution levels in a public goods game. The paper then examines the correlation between punishment sensitivity and variability of free riding behaviour under different punishment conditions.

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