Data and files for: Decoupling cooperation and punishment in humans shows that punishment is not an altruistic trait

Maxwell Burton-Chellew & Claire Guerin
Economic experiments have suggested that cooperative humans will altruistically match local levels of cooperation (‘conditional cooperation’) and pay to punish non-cooperators (‘altruistic punishment’). Evolutionary models have suggested that if altruists punish non-altruists this could favour the evolution of costly helping behaviours (cooperation) among strangers. An often-key requirement is that helping behaviours and punishing behaviours form one single, conjoined trait (‘strong reciprocity’). Previous economics experiments have provided support for the hypothesis that punishment and cooperation form...
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