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)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Kajackaite, Agnekajackaite@wiso.uni-koeln.deUNSPECIFIED
Contributors:
ContributionNameEmail
UNSPECIFIEDSliwka, DirkUNSPECIFIED
UNSPECIFIEDGneezy, UriUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-68156
Subjects: Psychology
Social sciences
Management and auxiliary services
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
Ethical BehaviorEnglish
Prosocial BehaviorEnglish
LyingEnglish
CSREnglish
Strategic IgnoranceEnglish
Faculty: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences > Seminar of Personnel Economics and Human Resource Management
Language: English
Date: 6 April 2016
Date of oral exam: 30 May 2016
Referee:
NameAcademic Title
Sliwka, DirkProf.Dr.
Irlenbusch, BerndProf.Dr.
Full Text Status: Public
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 12:22
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/6815

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