Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/144897
Authors: 
Matthey, Astrid
Regner, Tobias
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Jena Economic Research Papers 2015-027
Abstract: 
By now there is substantial experimental evidence that people make use of "moral wiggle room" (Dana et al., 2007), that is, they tend to exploit moral excuses for selfish behavior. However, this evidence is limited to dictator games. In our experiment, a trust game variant, we study whether moral wiggle room also prevails, when reciprocity is a potential motivation for being generous. Trustees´ back transfer choices are elicited for five different transfer levels of the trustor. Moreover, we ask trustees to provide their back transfer schedule for different scenarios that vary the implementation probability of the back transfer. This design allows us to identify subjects who reciprocate and analyze how these reciprocators respond to the provision of moral wiggle room. Our results suggest that moral wiggle room exists as well in the context of reciprocity. Among our subjects, 40% of the reciprocators exploited moral wiggle room.
Subjects: 
experiments
moral wiggle room
pro-social behavior
reciprocity
self-image concerns
social preferences
JEL: 
C72
C91
D03
D80
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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