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  • Responsibility-Allevation and Effort Provision in a Gift-Exchange Experiment
Author
  • Gary Charness
Physical Description
  • preprint
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  • Previous indirect evidence suggests that impulses towards pro-social behavior are diminished when an external authority is responsible for an outcome. The responsibility-alleviation effect states that a shift of responsibility to an external authority dampens internal impulses toward honesty, loyalty, or generosity. In a gift-exchange experiment, we find that subjects respond with more generosity (higher effort) when a wage is determined by a random process than when it is assigned by a third party, indicating that even a slight shift in perceived responsibility for the final payoffs can change behavior. Responsibility-alleviation is a factor in economic environments featuring substantial personal interaction.
  • Responsibility, social behavior, experiment, generosity, Leex
  • RePEc:upf:upfgen:322
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  • English
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