Facebook-to-Facebook: Online Communication and Economic Cooperation
with John Lynham and Katya Sherstyuk
Traditionally, direct face-to-face communication has been found to be more effective for economic cooperation than any form of indirect, mediated communication. We inquire whether this is still the case now when most young people routinely use texting and online social media to communicate. We find that young adults in our laboratory public goods experiment are just as adept at finding and sustaining cooperative agreements when communicating within a Facebook group and through online chat as they are in person.