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Human Cooperation to Protect the Global Commons

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Project "HUCO" data sheet

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Organization address
city: KASSEL
postcode: 34125

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙500˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙500˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-08-01   to  2020-07-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAET KASSEL DE (KASSEL) coordinator 1˙500˙000.00


 Project objective

The objectives of this research are to reveal the nature of large-scale human cooperation and to develop strategies for the protection of our global environment. Human activities are now the major driver of change in the biosphere, including the climate, the water cycle, and the distribution of species and biodiversity – with adverse effects that range from the local to the global scale. Since there is no world government that can enforce the protection of the global commons we have to rely on voluntary cooperation by sovereign actors. Previous findings from various disciplines have taught us important lessons about the nature of human cooperation. However, these literatures have almost exclusively focused on local or regional cooperation problems and their findings cannot be readily transferred to the international level. The research proposed here will fill this crucial gap. The methodological approach is genuinely interdisciplinary. In particular, the project will use and combine theoretical, experimental, evolutionary, and empirical methods. The interdisciplinary research team will start by analyzing case studies of international cooperation (or lack thereof). In an iterative process, the case-specific results will be explored in a rigorous context-free analysis using theoretical modeling, experiments, and simulations. With this, the project will: systematically analyze human cooperation from the local to the global scale and the differences between those scales; investigate which institutional arrangements enhance or prevent cooperative behavior at the global level; investigate whether individuals and groups are able to choose the right institutions and which factors determine their choice; synthesize the results to derive theoretical and practical insights about human cooperation and develop effective strategies for the management of the global commons; bring forward the integration of concepts and methods across disciplines for the study of human cooperation.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Astrid Dannenberg, Carlo Gallier
The choice of institutions to solve cooperation problems: a survey of experimental research
published pages: , ISSN: 1386-4157, DOI: 10.1007/s10683-019-09629-8
Experimental Economics 2020-01-28
2019 Astrid Dannenberg, Sonja Zitzelsberger
Climate experts’ views on geoengineering depend on their beliefs about climate change impacts
published pages: , ISSN: 1758-678X, DOI: 10.1038/s41558-019-0564-z
Nature Climate Change 2019-09-17
2019 Sven Christens, Astrid Dannenberg, Florian Sachs
Identification of individuals and groups in a public goods experiment
published pages: 101445, ISSN: 2214-8043, DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2019.06.010
Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics 82 2019-08-30
2016 Scott Barrett, Astrid Dannenberg
An experimental investigation into ‘pledge and review’ in climate negotiations
published pages: 339-351, ISSN: 0165-0009, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-016-1711-4
Climatic Change 138/1-2 2019-05-27
2017 Scott Barrett, Astrid Dannenberg
Tipping Versus Cooperating to Supply a Public Good
published pages: 910–941, ISSN: 1542-4766, DOI: 10.1093/jeea/jvw022
Journal of the European Economic Association 15 (4) 2019-05-27
2018 Astrid Dannenberg, Scott Barrett
Cooperating to avoid catastrophe
published pages: 435-437, ISSN: 2397-3374, DOI: 10.1038/s41562-018-0374-8
Nature Human Behaviour 2/7 2019-05-27
2017 Astrid Dannenberg, Sonja Zitzelsberger, Alessandro Tavoni
Climate negotiators’ and scientists’ assessments of the climate negotiations
published pages: 437-442, ISSN: 1758-678X, DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3288
Nature Climate Change 7/6 2019-05-27
2016 Corina Haita-Falah
Uncertainty and speculators in an auction for emissions permits
published pages: 315-343, ISSN: 0922-680X, DOI: 10.1007/s11149-016-9299-1
Journal of Regulatory Economics 49/3 2019-05-27
2019 Astrid Dannenberg, Corina Haita-Falah, Sonja Zitzelsberger
Voting on the threat of exclusion in a public goods experiment
published pages: , ISSN: 1386-4157, DOI: 10.1007/s10683-019-09609-y
Experimental Economics 2019-05-27

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