Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/157282
Authors: 
Engel, Jannis
Szech, Nora
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series in Economics, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) 102
Abstract: 
This paper explores the role of cheap excuses in product choice. If a product improves upon one ethically relevant dimension, agents may care less about other independent ethical facets of the product. Opting for a product that fulfills one ethical aspect may thus suffice for keeping a high moral self-image in agents, and render it easier to ignore other ethically relevant aspects they would otherwise care about. The use of such cheap excuses could thus lead to a 'static moral self-licensing' effect. This would extend the logic of the well-known moral self-licensing over time. Our experimental study provides empirical evidence that the static counterpart of moral self-licensing exists. Furthermore, effects spill over to unrelated, ethically relevant contexts later in time. Thus, static moral self-licensing and moral self-licensing over time can amplify each other. Outsiders, though monetarily incentivized for correct estimates, are completely oblivious to the effects of moral selflicensing, both, static and over time.
Subjects: 
moral self-licensing
moral spillovers
cheap excuses
outsider beliefs
moral personality
JEL: 
D03
D84
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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