Social Dilemma Experiments in Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, and Economics Chapter uri icon


  • © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Social dilemmas are so named because their structure creates an incentive problem: what is in the individual's benefit at any given point in time is contrary to the group benefit over time. Social dilemmas are pervasive and can be found at all levels of interaction from dyads to nation-states. As a consequence, all of the social sciences have both a theoretical and an applied interest in them. Much of the research across disciplines has been experimental. This chapter details with some specific theoretical and methodological approaches that have demonstrated both problems and solutions to issues in social dilemmas.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sell, J., & Reese, B.

citation count

  • 1

Book Title

  • Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences: Second Edition

publication date

  • July 2014