Ruhr Economic Papers
Ruhr Economic Papers #16
Self-enforcing Norms and the Efficient Non-cooperative Organization of Clans
by Kai A. Konrad and Wolfgang Leininger
TU Dortmund, 06/2007, 27 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-010-7download
We study how norms can solve distributional conflict inside a clan and the efficient coordination of collective action in a conflict with an external enemy. We characterize a fully non-cooperative equilibrium in a finite game in which a self-enforcing norm coordinates the members on efficient collective action and on a peaceful distribution of the returns of collective action.
JEL-Classification: D72, D74, H41
Keywords: Free-riding; defence; collective action; distributional conflict; war; norms