Public Goods Games

Human cooperation depends on many conditions.

Therefore, it is sometimes necessary to isolate some of these enhancing or decreasing factors. This can be done in the lab with computer-aided “cooperation games”. In particular, public goods games are suited to model cooperation for a wide range of real life problems.

We try to overcome traditional limitations of laboratory experiments, namely missing ecological validity, since humans behave very differently in different settings and contexts.

To find out which settings are most fruitful for enhancing cooperation is our goal. This includes not only novel, but also well-researched mechanisms like fairness, communication, MPCR, punishment or reputation.