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Do Spouses Cooperate? And If Not: Why?

Cochard, François, Couprie, Hélène and Hopfensitz, Astrid (2009) Do Spouses Cooperate? And If Not: Why? TSE Working Paper, n. 09-134

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Models of household economics require an understanding of economic interactions in families. Social ties, repetition and reduced strategic uncertainty make social dilemmas in couples a very special case that needs to be empirically studied. In this paper we present results from a large economic experiment with 100 maritally living couples. Participants made decisions in a social dilemma with their partner and with a stranger. We predict behavior in this task with individual and couples' socio-demographic variables, efficiency preferences and couples' marital satisfaction. As opposed to models explaining behavior amongst strangers, the regressions on couples’ decisions highlight clear patterns concerning cooperation behavior which could inspire future household decision-making models.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: December 2009
Uncontrolled Keywords: noncooperative games, laboratory, individual behavior
JEL Classification: C72 - Noncooperative Games
C91 - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
D13 - Household Production and Intrahousehold Allocation
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 06:01
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2019 23:00
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