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Social Norms and Moral Hazard

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  • Dufwenberg, Martin

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    (Department of Economics)

  • Lundholm, Michael

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    (Department of Economics)

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The probability of income loss depends on talent and effort. Effort has positive externalities and therefore individuals are proportion to their perceived diligence. The social norm requires more effort from individuals perceived as more talented, but talent is private information and individuals cunningly choose effort so as to manipulate the public perception of their talent. We analyze the workings of a social insurance system in this setting. It turns out that social norms may mitigate moral hazard. However, the distribution of social status in society will not be uniform.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 1997:28.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 25 Nov 1997
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Publication status: Published in Economic Journal, 2001, pages 506-525.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:1997_028

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Keywords: Social insurance; social norms; status; moral hazard;

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