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Evidence from a long-term experiment that collective risks change social norms and promote cooperation

Authors
  • Szekely, Aron1, 2, 3
  • Lipari, Francesca4
  • Antonioni, Alberto4
  • Paolucci, Mario1, 5
  • Sánchez, Angel4, 6, 7, 8
  • Tummolini, Luca1, 2
  • Andrighetto, Giulia1, 2, 9
  • 1 Italian National Research Council, Rome, Italy , Rome (Italy)
  • 2 Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm, Sweden , Stockholm (Sweden)
  • 3 Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy , Turin (Italy)
  • 4 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Leganés, Spain , Leganés (Spain)
  • 5 Italian, National Research Council, Rome, Italy , Rome (Italy)
  • 6 Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain , Zaragoza (Spain)
  • 7 Unidad Mixta Interdisciplinar de Comportamiento y Complejidad Social (UMICCS), UC3M-UV-UZ, Leganés, Spain , Leganés (Spain)
  • 8 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Getafe, Spain , Getafe (Spain)
  • 9 Malardalens University, Vasteras, Sweden , Vasteras (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nature Communications
Publisher
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Sep 15, 2021
Volume
12
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-25734-w
Source
Springer Nature
Disciplines
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License
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Abstract

Large-scale cooperation is needed to reduce existential risks like those posed by pandemics and climate change. Here the authors demonstrate that social norms can emerge and sustain cooperation in situations of collective risk and that the level of risk influences the strength of the norms.

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