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Morality and Conflicts

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  • Dorothee Schmidt

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    (Department of Economics, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany)

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    In recent debates, morality or social norms have been proposed as an instrument to reduce conflict behavior. As the argument goes, moral people will not engage in socially not-tolerated behavior or, less so than amoral people. Analyzing this question in the framework of contest theory, we find that if morality can discriminate between appropriation and defense, it is an effective instrument to lower socially unwanted behavior and support the enforcement of property rights. If it cannot discriminate between these different conflict efforts, strategic effects due to a one-sided increase in morality might actually lead to total increased conflict effort in the economy.

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in its series Working Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods with number 2005_12.

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    Length: 22 pages
    Date of creation: Jul 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:mpg:wpaper:2005_12

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    Keywords: Contests; property right enforcement; morality; education;

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