Laske, Katharina (2019). Essays in behavioral and experimental economics. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.


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People frequently break rules. Such rule-breaking behavior is manifold. Not only does it manifest itself in unethical behavior, such as the violation of legal or moral standards, but also in innovating behavior, when e.g., existing conventions and habits are overcome. Consequently, depending on the situation and environment, rule-breaking may be either strictly condemned or highly socially approved. This thesis deals with the investigation and identification of the behavioral mechanisms underlying these two distinct classes of rule-breaking behavior. In today’s economy, innovation is an essential determinant of an organization’s competitiveness and economic success. Hence, generating creative ideas and finding unorthodox approaches to existing problems is becoming increasingly relevant and understanding how to facilitate this idea generation process is clearly important. We therefore study how creative performance can be fostered, in particular focusing on two factors – incentives and expertise – and their role in individual creative performance (chapter 2 and 3). However, in many other situations breaking the rules is not associated with productivity enhancements and carries a negative connotation. Examples include tax evasion or lying to achieve a personal advantage. In these cases, rule violating behavior is considered detrimental, because individuals, organizations or society as a whole may be harmed. Since such unethical behavior is prevalent in many economic transactions, policy-makers undertake considerable efforts to minimize it. We contribute to these endeavors by investigating the effectiveness of two deterrent mechanisms in reducing unethical behavior. In particular, we systematically vary the size of the fine and the probability of punishment and study their effects on decision-making in the context of lying (chapter 4).

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
Laske, Katharinalaske@wiso.uni-koeln.deUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-97688
Subjects: Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Behavorial EconomicsUNSPECIFIED
Experimental EconomicsUNSPECIFIED
Creativity, InnovationUNSPECIFIED
Faculty: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences > Business Administration > Corporate Development > Professorship for Business Administration and Human Resources Management
Language: English
Date: 2019
Date of oral exam: 29 May 2019
NameAcademic Title
Sliwka, DirkProf. Dr.
Refereed: Yes


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