Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics


ERC Project Cooperation comprises four linked research themes, which all address key open questions of interest to economists and other behavioural scientists.

  1. First, we investigate how incentives influence strong reciprocity: Under which conditions do incentives undermine or enhance strong reciprocity and thereby cooperation?
  2. Second, we investigate how strong reciprocity relates to social norms of cooperation and is shaped by social context.
  3. Third, we use cross-cultural experiments to study the role of cultural influences on strong reciprocity and how culture interacts with incentive structures: when does culture matter for cooperation?
  4. Finally, we study personality and gender differences in strong reciprocity.
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Illustration of research themes

 How is cooperation influenced by strong reciprocity and self-regarding incentives?

How is strong reciprocity shaped by....

 ...self regarding incentives?

Theme One

 ...peer effects and social norms?

Theme Two

 ...cultural and societal background?

Theme Three

 ...personality and gender differences?

Theme Four

All projects use economic experiments and insights from across the behavioural sciences. The overarching objective is to develop a 'behavioural economics of cooperation', that is, the basic science of relevant behavioural principles that are needed to achieve sustainable cooperation.


Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics

Sir Clive Granger Building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 4763
Enquiries: suzanne.robey@nottingham.ac.uk
Experiments: cedex@nottingham.ac.uk