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dc.contributor.authorHoff, Karla Ruthen_US
dc.contributor.authorKshetramade, Mayureshen_US
dc.contributor.authorFehr, Ernsten_US
dc.description.abstractWell-functioning groups enforce social norms that restrain opportunism, but the social structure of a society may encourage or inhibit norm enforcement. Here we study how the exogenous assignment to different positions in an extreme social hierarchy - the caste system - affects individuals' willingness to punish violations of a cooperation norm. Although we control for individual wealth, education, and political participation, low caste individuals exhibit a much lower willingness to punish norm violations that hurt members of their own caste, suggesting a cultural difference across caste status in the concern for members of one's own community. The lower willingness to punish may inhibit the low caste's ability to sustain collective action and so may contribute to its economic vulnerability.en_US
dc.publisherInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA) Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 4343en_US
dc.subject.keywordSocial normsen_US
dc.subject.keywordinformal sanctionsen_US
dc.subject.keywordthird party punishmenten_US
dc.subject.keywordendogenous social preferencesen_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial exclusionen_US
dc.subject.keywordcollective actionen_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Schichten_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Normen_US
dc.titleCaste and punishment: the legacy of caste culture in norm enforcementen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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