Keeping up shared infrastructure on a Port of Mars: An experimental study

Friday, December 13, 2019

In this study, we present a new game, Port of Mars, that allows for the study of collective action in extreme environments. The game is situated in the first‐generation habitat on Mars, to provide an engaging narrative of a collective action problem under high uncertainty. This pilot study finds that most groups are able to avoid the collapse of the habitat and that the existence of thresholds makes groups risk‐averse.

Do Patents Improve the Innovation Process?

Monday, January 22, 2018

Innovation can be approached as a social dilemma. If innovators are rewarded for a successful innovation, sharing information about successes and failures during the innovation process will benefit the group, but not the individual innovator. Patents allow for innovators to share information about successes and also to collect some of the benefits. In this paper we report on a controlled experiment of an innovation task in which we test the effect of patents on the innovation process.