Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/127318
Authors: 
Duersch, Peter
Müller, Julia
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics 501
Abstract: 
In a punishment experiment, we separate the demand for punishment in general from a possible demand to conduct punishment personally. Subjects experience an unfair split of their earnings from a real effort task and have to decide on the punishment of the person who determines the distribution. First, it is established whether the allocator's payoff is reduced and, afterwards, subjects take part in a second price auction for the right to (physically) carry out the act of payoff reduction. This auction only resolves who will punish, not whether punishment takes place, so only subjects with a demand for personal punishment should bid.
Subjects: 
personal punishment
real effort task
experiment
auction
desire to win
JEL: 
D03
C92
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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