Title

Social Value Orientation and Cooperation in Social Dilemmas: A Meta-Analysis

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2009

Abstract

This article reports a meta-analysis of 82 studies assessing the relationship between social value orientation (SVO) and cooperation in social dilemmas. A significant and small to medium effect size was found (r =. 30). Results supported a hypothesis that the effect size was larger when participants were not paid (r =. 39) than when they were paid (r =. 23). The effect size was also larger in give-some (r =. 29) as opposed to take-some (r =. 22) games. However, contrary to expectations, the effect was not larger in one-shot, as opposed to iterated games. Findings are discussed in the context of theory on SVO and directions for future research are outlined.

Keywords

cooperation, meta-analysis, social dilemmas, social value orientation

Discipline

Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Group Processes and Interpersonal Relations

Volume

12

Issue

4

First Page

533

Last Page

547

ISSN

1368-4302

Identifier

10.1177/1368430209105040

Publisher

SAGE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430209105040

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