Social Identity and Group Contests

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Social identity has been shown to successfully enhance cooperation and effort in cooperation and coordination games. Little is known about the causal effect of social identity on the propensity to engage in group conflict. In this paper we explore theoretically and experimentally whether social identity increases investments in group contests. We show theoretically that increased
social identity with the own group implies higher investments in Tullock contests. Empirically we find that induced social identity does increase group closeness but does not increase conflict investments.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMaastricht University, Graduate School of Business and Economics
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

SeriesGSBE Research Memoranda

JEL classifications

  • c92 - Design of Experiments: Laboratory, Group Behavior
  • d03 - Behavioral Economics: Underlying Principles
  • d71 - "Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations"
  • d74 - "Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances"


  • social identity
  • group
  • contest
  • experiment


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