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The survival of the conformist: equity-driven ostracism and renewable resource management

By Alessandro Tavoni, Maja Schlueter and Simon Levin

Abstract

This paper examines the role of pro-social behavior as a mechanism for the establishment and maintenance of cooperation in resource use under variable social and environmental conditions. By coupling resource stock dynamics with social dynamics concerning compliance to a social norm prescribing non-excessive resource extraction in a common pool resource (CPR), we show that when reputational considerations matter and a sufficient level of social stigma affects the violators of a norm, sustainable outcomes are achieved. We find large parameter regions where norm-observing and norm-violating types coexist, and analyze to what extent such coexistence depends on the environment

Topics: GE Environmental Sciences
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:38973
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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