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Title:Beware of broken windows! First impressions in public-good experiments PDF Logo
Authors:Beckenkamp, Martin
Engel, Christoph
Glöckner, Andreas
Irlenbusch, Bernd
Hennig-Schmidt, Heike
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Preprints of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2009,21
Abstract:Broken Windows: the metaphor has changed New York and Los Angeles. Yet it is far from undisputed whether the broken windows policy was causal for reducing crime. In a series of lab experiments we show that first impressions are indeed causal for cooperativeness in three different institutional environments: absent targeted sanctions; with decentralised punishment; with decentralised punishment qualified by the risk of counterpunishment. In all environments, the effect of first impressions cannot be explained with, but adds to, participants’ initial level of benevolence. Mere impression management is not strong enough to stabilise cooperation though. It must be combined with some risk of sanctions.
Subjects:Broken Windows
Impression Management
Criminal Policy
Public Good Experiment
JEL:C91
D03
D63
H41
K14
K42
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Preprints of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

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