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Incorporating Conditional Morality into Economic Decisions

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  • David Masclet

    (Univ Rennes, CNRS, CREM - UMR 6211, F-35000 Rennes, France)

  • David L. Dickinson

    (Appalachian State University, Department of Economics, USA)

Abstract

We present a framework that incorporates both moral motivations and fairness considerations into utility. The main idea is that individuals face a preference trade-off between their material individual interest and their desire to follow moral norms. In our model, we assume that moral motivation is conditional and may be influenced by others’ actions. Specifically, in our framework moral obligation is a combination of two main components: an autonomous component and a social influence component that captures the influence of others. Our framework is able to explain many stylized results in the literature and to improve theories of economic behavior.

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  • David Masclet & David L. Dickinson, 2019. "Incorporating Conditional Morality into Economic Decisions," Economics Working Paper Archive (University of Rennes 1 & University of Caen) 2019-10, Center for Research in Economics and Management (CREM), University of Rennes 1, University of Caen and CNRS.
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    Fairness; Ethical Decision Making; Moral Motivation; Behavioral Economics;
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    • B3 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals
    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
    • D9 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics

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