Everyone is a winner: Promoting cooperation through all-can-win intergroup competition

Ernesto Reuben, Jean Robert Tyran

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We test if cooperation is promoted by rank-order competition between groups in which all groups can be ranked first, i.e. when everyone can be a winner. This type of rank-order competition has the advantage that it can eliminate the negative externality a group's performance imposes on other groups. However, it has the disadvantage that incentives to outperform others are absent, and therefore it does not eliminate equilibria where all groups cooperate at an equal but low level. We find that all-can-win competition produces a universal increase in cooperation and benefits a majority of individuals if the incentive to compete is sharp.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-35
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Economy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • Cooperation
  • Experiment
  • Intergroup competition
  • Public goods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations


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