Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Beliefs and Cooperation

By Bernardo A. Huberman and Natalie S. Glance


Individuals in groups must often choose between acting selfishly and cooperating for the common good. The choices they make are based on their beliefs on how they expect their actions to affect others. We show that for a broad set of beliefs and group characteristics cooperation can appear spontaneously in non-cooperative groups after very long periods of time. When delays in information are unavoidable the group dynamics acquires a wide repertoire of behaviors, ranging from Social dilemmas have long attracted the attention of sociologists, economists and political scientists because they are central to issues that range from securing ongoing cooperation in volunteer organizations, such as unions and environmental groups, to the possibility of having a workable society without a government. Environmental pollution

Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:CiteSeerX.psu:
Provided by: CiteSeerX
Download PDF:
Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s):
  • (external link)
  • (external link)
  • Suggested articles

    To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.