Lying, spying, sabotaging : procedures and consequences


Chlaß, Nadine ; Riener, Gerhard

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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/40892
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-408929
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2015
The title of a journal, publication series: Working Paper Series
Volume: 15-18
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > VWL, Experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung (Orzen 2009-)
MADOC publication series: Department of Economics > Working Paper Series
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: D02 , D03 , D63 , D64,
Keywords (English): psychological games , moral judgement , institutional design , lying aversion , sabotage aversion , spying aversion , unfair competition , distribution of decision rights
Abstract: Do individuals prefer to compete fairly, or unfairly with an opponent? We study individuals who can choose how to compete for one ex-post nonzero payoff. They can either nudge themselves into a fair set of rules where they have the same information and actions as their opponent, or into unfair rules where they spy, sabotage or fabricate their opponent's action. In an experiment, we observe significant altruism under rules which allow for fabrication and sabotage, but not under rules which allow for spying. We provide direct evidence that this altruism emanates from an ethical concern purely over the distribution of decision rights. How individuals deal with this concern - whether they nudge themselves into fabrication-free, spying-free, or sabotage-free rules, or whether they assume the power to fabricate or sabotage to compensate their opponent by giving all payoff away - varies along with individuals' attitudes towards power.

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