Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/200423
Authors: 
Dimant, Eugen
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
CeDEx Discussion Paper Series 2018-04
Abstract: 
This paper uses a novel experimental design to study the contagion of pro- and antisocial behavior and the role of social proximity among peers. Across systematic variations thereof, we find that anti-social behavior is generally more contagious than pro-social behavior. Surprisingly, we also find that social proximity amplifies the contagion of anti-social behavior more strongly than the contagion of pro-social behavior, and that anti-social individuals are most susceptible to behavioral contagion of other anti-social peers. These findings paired with the methodological contribution are informative for the design of effective norm-based policy interventions directed at facilitating (reducing) pro- (anti-)social behavior in social and economic environments.
Subjects: 
Behavioral Contagion
Peer Effects
Anti-Social & Pro-Social Behavior
JEL: 
C91
D64
D9
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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