American Sociological Association

Gender, Punishment, and Cooperation: Men Hurt Others to Advance Their Interests

A laboratory experiment reports on gender, cooperation, and punishment in two public goods games using high-powered punishment. In a public goods games with punishment, no statistically significant differences between men and women are reported. In a modified game that includes an explicit payoff for relative performance, men punish more than women, men obtain higher rank, and punishment by males decreases payoffs for both men and women. These results contribute to the debate about the origins and maintenance of cooperation.

Authors

Terence C. Burnham

Volume

4