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Responding to (Un)Reasonable Requests

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  • Vittorio Pelligra

    () (University of Cagliari)

  • Tommaso Reggiani

    () (LUMSA University)

  • Daniel John Zizzo

    () (Newcastle University Business School)

Abstract

We consider the notions of static and dynamic reasonableness of requests in a trust game experiment. We vary systematically the experimental norm of what is expected from trustees to return to trustors, both in terms of level of each request and in terms of sequence of the requests. Static reasonableness matters in a self-biased way, in the sense that low requests justify returning less but high requests tend to be ignored. Dynamic reasonableness also matters, in the sense that, if requests keep increasing, trustees return less than if requests of different size are presented in random or decreasing order. Requests never systematically increase trustworthiness, but may decrease it.

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  • Vittorio Pelligra & Tommaso Reggiani & Daniel John Zizzo, 2016. "Responding to (Un)Reasonable Requests," CERBE Working Papers wpC13, CERBE Center for Relationship Banking and Economics.
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    Keywords

    trust; trustworthiness; norms; reasonableness; moral wiggle room; moral licensing;
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    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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