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Moral Emotions and Partnership

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  • Jürgen Bracht

    (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom)

  • Tobias Regner

    () (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany)

Abstract

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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  • Jürgen Bracht & Tobias Regner, 2011. "Moral Emotions and Partnership," Jena Economic Research Papers 2011-028, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp: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;

    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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