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Moral Emotions and Partnership

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  • Jürgen Bracht

    (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom)

  • Tobias Regner

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    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany)

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Actual behaviour is influenced in important ways by moral emotions, for instance guilt or shame (see, among others, Tangney et al., 2007). Belief-dependant models of social preferences using the framework of psychological games aim to consider such emotions to explain other-regarding behaviour. Our experimental study links recent advances in psychological theory on moral emotions to belief-dependant models in economics. We find that - in addition to second-order beliefs and promises - individuals' disposition to guilt (their proneness to respond in an evaluative way to personal transgressions) is an important determinant of pro-social behaviour.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2011-028.

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Keywords: social preferences; other-regarding behaviour; experiments; psychological game theory; guilt aversion; guilt from blame; shame; beliefs; emotions; partnership; moral hazard; principal agent;

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Cited by:
  1. Schütte, Miriam & Thoma, Carmen, 2014. "Promises and Image Concerns," Discussion Papers in Economics 20861, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  2. Astrid Matthey & Tobias Regner, 2013. "On the independence of history: experience spill-overs between experiments," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 75(3), pages 403-419, September.

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