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PhD Defense Ms. X. Xu, MSc

Title: Experiments on Cooperation, institutions, and Social Preferences
Supervisor: Prof. J.J.M. Potters
Co-supervisor: Dr. S. Suetens

This thesis consists of three chapters in experimental economics. It involves various dimensions in which laboratory experiments can play a role: testing the validity of a game theory, helping understand institutions, and measuring (the change in) social preferences. It relates to the effects of different institutions on cooperation and social preferences. Chapter 2 studies to what extent an overlapping membership structure, which in theory affects the incentives of short-lived players, is conducive to cooperation. Chapter 3 examines whether the presence of decentralized punishment, especially the possibility of retaliating a centralized enforcer, has an impact on the decisions of the enforcer and group cooperation. Chapter 4 studies whether interactions with out-group members matter for in-group-out-group differences in altruism and whether the nature of these interactions matters for in-group-out-group differences.

 XUE XU (Anhui, China, 1990) received a Bachelor degree in Economics from Nankai University, Tianjin, China in 2012. From 2012 to 2014, she attended the Research Master program in Economics at Tilburg University. Since September 2014, she has been a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at Tilburg University.

Location: Cobbenhagen building, Ruth First room (access via Koopmans building)

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When: 15 January 2018 14:00

Where: Route description Tilburg University campus