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Punishment may not be Superior to Defection in Promoting Social Cohesion

December 28, 2017

Human societies maintain their cohesion through a mix of cooperation, competition and punishment. The latter is commonly held…
Rough Discipline, in Black and White

January 26, 2016

In a time when questions of racial inequality once again roil the nation, a UC Santa Barbara researcher…
Project focuses on fines and fees that create ‘prisoners of debt’

December 7, 2015

Criminals are meant to pay their debts to society through sentencing, but a different type of court-imposed debt…
Penalties don’t work with insider trading

October 20, 2015

As Congress kept increasing the civil and criminal penalties for illegal insider trading, nothing happened. New research by…
Bad report card: Are parents too tough?

August 17, 2015

Before the new school year begins, here’s a pop quiz for parents of middle-school children: What do you…
Fault trumps gruesome evidence when it comes to punishment

August 4, 2014

Issues of crime and punishment, vengeance and justice date back to the dawn of human history, but it…
Game theory used to explain evolution of ‘third party punishment’

December 11, 2013

You’re shopping for holiday gifts when you spot someone pocketing a nice pair of leather gloves. What do…
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