The Infinitely Repeated Prisoner's Dilemma: A Field Experiment
Abstract: I infiltrate a small society, arrest every member, and force them to play prisoner’s dilemmas for the rest of their lives. While the experiment is still running (obviously), I have already discovered four novel conclusions: (1) demand effects are negative and time-dependent, as subjects go from threatening and attacking me to passively accepting the nature of their new reality; (2) as the theory predicts, cooperation can be sustained. However, that is just a result of the subjects’ beliefs that spending extra time in prison is better than the hellhole of this experiment; (3) subjects do not read their consent forms carefully enough; and (4) IRB is surprisingly lenient these days.
A number of news outlets have previously reported on my paper. I collected the headlines:
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