Cooperation and optimism in a social dilemma

Olusegun A. Oyediran, M. Fernanda Rivas, Mark Coulson, David Kernohan

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We examine the influence of optimism about local and foreign people on social cooperation using a public goods game. Firstly, we find that optimism fuels social cooperation, and secondly, that this positive effect holds when optimism is focused either jointly or individually.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-340
Number of pages6
JournalBulletin of Economic Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


  • beliefs
  • C91
  • H41
  • J15
  • optimism
  • public goods game

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