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Retaliation and antisocial punishment are overlooked in many theoretical models as well as behavioral experiments

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 January 2012

Anna Dreber
Department of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, 113 83 Stockholm, Sweden. anna.dreber@hhs.se
David G. Rand
Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University and Department of Psychology, Harvard University,Cambridge, MA 02138. drand@fas.harvard.edu


Guala argues that there is a mismatch between most laboratory experiments on costly punishment and behavior in the field. In the lab, experimental designs typically suppress retaliation. The same is true for most theoretical models of the co-evolution of costly punishment and cooperation, which a priori exclude the possibility of defectors punishing cooperators.

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