Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/104279
Authors: 
Traxler, Christian
Winter, Joachim
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Munich Discussion Paper 2009-1
Abstract: 
We discuss survey evidence on individuals' willingness to sanction norm violations - such as evading taxes, drunk driving, fare dodging, or skiving o work - by expressing disapproval or social exclusion. Our data suggest that people condition their sanctioning behavior on their belief about the frequency of norm violations. The more commonly a norm violation is believed to occur, the lower the individuals' inclination to punish it. Based on an instrumental variable approach, we demonstrate that this pattern reflects a causal relationship.
Subjects: 
Norm Enforcement
Sanctioning
Social Norms
Survey Evidence
JEL: 
K42
Z13
D1
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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