Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/148603
Authors: 
Rothenhäusler, Dominik
Schweizer, Nikolaus
Szech, Nora
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series in Economics, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) 99
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes how moral costs affect individual support of morally difficult group decisions. We study a threshold public good game with moral costs. Motivated by recent empirical findings, we assume that these costs are heterogeneous and consist of three parts. The first one is a standard cost term. The second, shared guilt, decreases in the number of supporters. The third hinges on the notion of being pivotal. We analyze equilibrium predictions, isolate the causal effects of guilt sharing, and compare results to standard utilitarian and non-consequentialist approaches. As interventions, we study information release, feedback, and fostering individual moral standards.
Subjects: 
Moral Decision Making
Committee Decisions
Diffusion of Responsibility
Shared Guilt
Being Pivotal
Division of Labor
Institutions and Morals
JEL: 
D02
D03
D23
D63
D82
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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