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Economics of Ethical and Prosocial Behavior: Experiments on Social Responsibility, Ignorance, and Cheating

Kajackaite, Agne (2016) Economics of Ethical and Prosocial Behavior: Experiments on Social Responsibility, Ignorance, and Cheating. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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    In this thesis I experimentally investigate prosocial and ethical behavior in economic interactions. The thesis consists of three experimental research papers that have a broad range of research questions on social responsibility, ignorance and cheating. With these experiments I aim to better understand when and why people behave ethically and/or prosocially and which consequences it has on their own and other players’ payoffs, and on overall efficiency. The results from the three experimental studies suggest that (i) donations to charity by employees are rewarded in an experimental setting, and the effect is driven by reciprocal concerns; (ii) there is a significant fraction of people who decide not to know about negative consequences of own actions, and the sorting of social agents of a low type into ignorance drives self-interested behavior of ignorant agents; and (iii) if the possibility of being exposed as a liar is small, the tendency to lie increases with incentives, indicating that some people have positive and finite costs of lying. Furthermore, when the participants lie, they lie to the full extent, which suggests that the intrinsic cost of lying is fixed.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
    Kajackaite, Agnekajackaite@wiso.uni-koeln.de
    UNSPECIFIEDSliwka, Dirk
    UNSPECIFIEDGneezy , Uri
    URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-68156
    Subjects: Psychology
    Social sciences
    Management and auxiliary services
    Uncontrolled Keywords:
    Ethical BehaviorEnglish
    Prosocial BehaviorEnglish
    Strategic IgnoranceEnglish
    Faculty: Wirtschafts- u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Divisions: Wirtschafts- u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Seminar für Allg. BWL und Personalwirtschaftslehre
    Language: English
    Date: 06 April 2016
    Date Type: Publication
    Date of oral exam: 30 May 2016
    NameAcademic Title
    Sliwka, DirkProf.Dr.
    Irlenbusch, BerndProf.Dr.
    Full Text Status: Public
    Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 14:22:26
    NameAcademic Title
    Sliwka, DirkProf.Dr.
    Irlenbusch, BerndProf.Dr.
    URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/6815

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