Quotation Greiner, Ben and Levati, M. Vittoria. 2005. Indirect reciprocity in cyclical networks. Journal of Economic Psychology 26 (5): S. 711-731.




A cyclical network of indirect reciprocity is derived organizing 3- or 6-person groups into rings of social interaction where the first individual may help the second, the second the third, and so on until the last, who in turn may help the first. Mutual cooperation is triggered by assuming that what one person passes on to the next is multiplied by a factor of 3. Participants play repeatedly either in a partners or in a strangers condition and take their decisions first simultaneously and then sequentially. We find that pure indirect reciprocity enables mutual cooperation, although strategic considerations and group size are important too.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Economic Psychology
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, STRAT-B, VW-C, WH-B
Language English
Title Indirect reciprocity in cyclical networks
Volume 26
Number 5
Year 2005
Page from 711
Page to 731
Reviewed? Y
URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2004.04.003
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2004.04.003
JEL C72; C92; D3


Greiner, Ben (Details)
Levati, M. Vittoria (University of Verona, Italy)
Department of Strategy and Innovation DP (Details)
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