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Altruistic Punishment: The Role of Reputation

Poster Session II - Board: II- 152
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
APS Exhibit Hall

Miriam Dishon-Berkovits
Ono Academic College, Israel

Richard Berkovits
Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Altruistic Punishment (AP) is punishment of non-cooperators even at a personal cost to the punisher. AP is important in deterring free-riders (Dishon-Berkovits & Berkovits, 2008). Here we show that Altruistically punishing or rewarding individuals according to their past reputation leads to more just distribution of resources; thus enhancing social functioning.

Subject Area: Personality/Social
Keywords: Social Groups

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