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Face-saving or fair-minded : what motivates moral behavior?
(Discussion paper;5/2013, Working paper, 2013-02)
We study the relative importance of intrinsic moral motivation and extrinsic social motivation in explaining behavior in the dictator game. We introduce a novel design that manipulates these two dimensions. The paper ...
Do non-enforceable contracts matter? Evidence from an international lab experiment
(Discussion paper;2/2012, Working paper, 2012-02)
Many verifiable contracts are impossible or difficult to enforce. This applies to contracts among family and friends, contracts regulating market transactions, and sovereign debt contracts. Do such non-enforceable contracts ...
Tax policy and fair inequality
(Discussion paper;3/2012, Working paper, 2012-02)
Sustainable recursive social welfare functions
(Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2012)
What ethical criterion for intergenerational justice should be adopted, e.g., when faced with the task of managing the global environment? Koopmans’ axiomatization of discounted utilitarianism is based on seemingly compelling ...
Willingness to compete in a gender equal society
(Discussion paper;24/2012, Working paper, 2012-12)
Leadership and incentives
(Discussion Papers;2/2014, Working paper, 2014-01)
We study how leader compensation affects public goods provision. We report from a lab experiment with four treatments, where the base treatment was a standard public goods game with simultaneous contribution decisions, ...
Willingness to compete : family matters
(Discussion Papers;03/2014, Working paper, 2014-01)
This paper studies the role of family background in explaining differences in the willingness to compete. By combining data from a lab experiment conducted with a representative sample of adolescents in Norway and high ...
Leadership and incentives
(Discussion paper;10/2013, Working paper, 2013-04)
We study whether compensating people who volunteer to be leaders in a public goods game creates a social crowding-out effect of moral motivation among the others in the group. We report from an experiment with four ...
When do we lie?
(Discussion paper;17/2012, Working paper, 2012-08)
The paper reports from an experiment studying how the aversion to lying is affected by non-economic dimensions of the choice situation. Specifically, we study whether people are more or less likely to lie when the content ...
Give and take in dictator games
(Discussion paper;14/2012, Working paper, 2012-07)
It has been shown that participants in the dictator game are less willing to give money to the other participant when their choice set also includes the option to take money. We examine whether this effect is due to the ...