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Title:Neutral versus Loaded Instructions in a Bribery Experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Abbink, Klaus
Hennig-Schmidt, Heike
Issue Date:2002
Series/Report no.:Bonn econ discussion papers 2002,23
Abstract:This paper contributes to the ongoing methodological debate on context-free versus in-context presentation of experimental tasks. We report an experiment using the paradigm of a bribery experiment. In one condition, the task is presented in a typical bribery context, the other one uses abstract wording. Though the underlying context is heavily loaded with negative ethical preconceptions, we do not find significant differences. We conjecture that the experimental design transmits the essential features of a bribery situation already with neutral framing, such that the presentation does not add substantially to subjects' interpretation of the task.
Subjects:Corruption
context
framing
valence
experimental instructions
laboratory
trust
reciprocity
ethical behaviour
social norms
JEL:C91
K42
D73
D72
D62
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Bonn Econ Discussion Papers, Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE), Universität Bonn

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