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The Provision of a Sanctioning System in the United States and Japan

Toshio Yamagishi
Social Psychology Quarterly
Vol. 51, No. 3 (Sep., 1988), pp. 265-271
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2786924
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The Provision of a Sanctioning System in the United States and Japan
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Abstract

Yamagishi's (1986a) experiment, which tested hypotheses derived from the structural goal/expectation approach to the problem of social dilemmas, was replicated using North American subjects. The results of the current experiment, using 48 same-sex, four-person groups, replicated the major findings of the original study. In addition, American subjects had a higher level of trust and cooperated more in the absence of a sanctioning system than did Japanese subjects. On the other hand, the predicted difference between American and Japanese subjects in the contribution to the provision of a sanctioning system did not emerge.

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