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Taking Punishment into Your Own Hands: An Experiment

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  • Peter Duersch

    (University of Heidelberg)

  • Julia M�ller

    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

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In a punishment experiment, we separate the demand for punishment in general from the demand to conduct punishment personally. Subjects experience an unfair split of their earnings from a real effort task and have to decide on the punishment of the person who determines the distribution. First, it is established whether the allocator's payoff is reduced and, afterwards, subjects take part in a second price auction for the right to (physically) carry out the act of payoff reduction themselves. Subjects bid positive amounts and are happier if they get to punish personally.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 13-071/I.

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Date of creation: 27 May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20130071

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Keywords: personal punishment; real effort task; experiment; auction;

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