A computer laboratory for studying resource dilemmas

A computer laboratory for studying resource dilemmas

By
Richard Parker, Layton Lui, Chris Messick, David M. Messick, Marilynn B. Brewer, Roderick M. Kramer, Charles Samuelson, Henk Wilke
Behavioral Science. October
1983, Vol. 28, Issue 4, Pages 298-304

This article deals with decision making in small human groups that share renewable resources. It describes a computer-controlled laboratory that was developed to study factors that influence group members’ decisions about resource uses in situations which may lead to the so-called “tragedy of the commons,” in which common resources are depleted unless all users exercise self-restraint. Simular situations can arise in organizations, societies, and supranational systems.