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Moral emotions and partnership

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  • Bracht, Jürgen
  • Regner, Tobias

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Actual behaviour is influenced in important ways by moral emotions, for instance guilt or shame. The framework of dynamic psychological games allows the economic modelling of such emotions. Our experimental study uses psychological scales to measure individuals’ dispositions to experience guilt/shame and analyses the role these emotions play in a partnership situation that features moral hazard.

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  • Bracht, Jürgen & Regner, Tobias, 2013. "Moral emotions and partnership," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 313-326.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:joepsy:v:39:y:2013:i:c:p:313-326
    DOI: 10.1016/j.joep.2013.09.007
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    Social preferences; Pro-social behaviour; Experiments; Psychological game theory; Guilt; Shame;
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    JEL classification:

    • C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design

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