I am sorry - Honest and fake apologies
AbstractApologies have a positive effect on forgiveness. Nevertheless not all people apologize after an offense. In a laboratory experiment we test whether lying aversion can explain this behavior by comparing honest and fake apologies. First, we show that even an honest apology comes along with a cost for some people. Second, costs for fake apologies are even higher. Fake apologies are less likely than honest apologies and consist of different wording and content. Receivers understand apologies as a signal for honesty. Following, forgiveness after an honest apology is more likely than after a fake apology.
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Date of creation: 2013
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Apology; Lying; Intentions; Experiment;
Other versions of this item:
- Verena Utikal, 2013. "I am sorry - Honest and Fake Apologies," Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz 2013-18, Department of Economics, University of Konstanz.
- C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
- D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
- D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search, Learning, and Information
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- NEP-ALL-2013-04-20 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2013-04-20 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EVO-2013-04-20 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2013-04-20 (Experimental Economics)
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