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Title:Moral judgments in social dilemmas: How bad is free riding? PDF Logo
Authors:Cubitt, Robin P.
Drouvelis, Michalis
Gaechter, Simon
Kabalin, Ruslan
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Public Choice 3230
Abstract:In the last thirty years, economists and other social scientists have investigated people's normative views on distributive justice. Here we study people's normative views in social dilemmas, which underlie many situations of economic and social significance. Using insights from moral philosophy and psychology we provide an analysis of the morality of free riding. We use experimental survey methods to investigate people's moral judgments empirically. We vary others' contributions, the framing ('give-some' vs. 'take-some') and whether contributions are simultaneous or sequential. We find that moral judgments of a free rider depend strongly on others' behaviour; and that failing to give is condemned more strongly than withdrawing all support.
Subjects:moral judgments
moral psychology
framing effects
public goods experiments
free riding
JEL:C90
D63
H41
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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