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Fairness perceptions and prosocial emotions in the power to take

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  • Reuben, Ernesto
  • van Winden, Frans

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This experimental study investigates how behavior changes after receiving punishment. The focus is on how proposers in a power-to-take game adjust their behavior depending on their fairness perceptions, their experienced emotions, and their interaction with responders. We find that fairness plays an important role: proposers who take what they consider to be an unfair amount experience higher intensities of prosocial emotions (shame and guilt), particularly if they are punished. This emotional experience induces proposers to lower their claims. We also find that fairness perceptions vary considerably between individuals. Therefore, it is not necessarily the case that proposers who considered themselves fair are taking less from responders than other proposers. Lastly, we provide evidence that suggests that eliciting emotions through self-reports does not affect subsequent behavior.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Psychology.

Volume (Year): 31 (2010)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 908-922

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Handle: RePEc:eee:joepsy:v:31:y:2010:i:6:p:908-922

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Keywords: Shame Guilt Punishment Prosocial emotions Fairness Proposers Power-to-take game;

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  1. Angelo Antoci & Luca Zarri, 2011. "Punish and Perish?," Working Papers 2011.64, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  2. Aurélie Bonein & Laurent Denant-Boèmont, 2013. "Self-Control, Commitment and Peer Pressure: A Laboratory Experiment," Economics Working Paper Archive (University of Rennes 1 & University of Caen) 201328, Center for Research in Economics and Management (CREM), University of Rennes 1, University of Caen and CNRS.
  3. Toke Fosgaard, 2011. "The Emotional Consequences of Pro-social Behavior in Markets," IFRO Working Paper 2012/1, University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics.
  4. Fabio Galeotti, 2013. "On the Robustness of Emotions and Behavior in a Power-to-Take Game Experiment," Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) 13-07, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..

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