This paper presents a laboratory experiment to investigate how social motivations and free-form communication (Rich Communication) can facilitate coordinated resistance against divide-and-conquer transgressions. In our experiment, a leader first decides whether to extract surplus from a victim and shares it with a beneficiary. We find that the successful joint resistance rate increases almost four-fold (from 15 to 58 ) when moving from more restrictive communication treatments to Rich Communication. We also find that the significant impacts of Rich Communication are driven more by the responders ability to send free-form messages rather than the multiple and iterative opportunities to indicate intentions.
|Pages (from-to)||146 - 159|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||European Journal of Political Economy|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|