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I am sorry - Honest and Fake Apologies

  • Verena Utikal

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    (Department of Economics, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)

Apologies 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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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Konstanz in its series Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz with number 2013-18.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 30 Apr 2013
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Handle: RePEc:knz:dpteco:1318
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