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On the Design of Peer Punishment Experiments

  • Marco Casari

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Some peer punishment technologies may bias experimental results in unwanted ways. A critical parameter to consider in the design is the “fine-to-fee” ratio, which measures the income reduction for the targeted subject relative to the cost for the subject who requested the punishment. We show that a punishment technology commonly used in experiments embeds a variable fine-to-fee ratio and show that it could confound the empirical findings about why, whom, and how much subjects punish. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

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Volume (Year): 8 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 107-115

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Handle: RePEc:kap:expeco:v:8:y:2005:i:2:p:107-115
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