Immoral criminals? An experimental study of social preferences among prisoners
AbstractThis paper studies the pro-social preferences of criminals by comparing the behavior of a group of prisoners in a lab experiment with the behavior of a benchmark group recruited from the general population. We find a striking similarity in the importance the two groups attach to pro-social preferences in both in strategic and non-strategic situations. This result also holds when the two groups interact. Data from a large internet experiment,matched with official criminal records, suggest that our main finding from the lab experiment is not influenced by the additional scrutiny experienced by participants in prison.
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Date of creation: 01 Sep 2011
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Pro-social preferences; Criminals; Lab experiment;
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- C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
- D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
- K40 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - General
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- NEP-ALL-2011-10-22 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2011-10-22 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-CIS-2011-10-22 (Confederation of Independent States)
- NEP-EVO-2011-10-22 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2011-10-22 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2011-10-22 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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