Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/219223
Authors: 
Adriani, Fabrizio
Sonderegger, Silvia
Year of Publication: 
2018
Citation: 
[Journal:] Games [ISSN:] 2073-4336 [Volume:] 9 [Year:] 2018 [Issue:] 4 [Pages:] 1-32
Abstract: 
We formally explore the idea that punishment of norm-breakers may be a vehicle for the older generation to teach youngsters about social norms. We show that this signaling role provides sufficient incentives to sustain costly punishing behavior. People punish norm-breakers to pass information about past history to the younger generation. This creates a link between past, present, and future punishment. Information about the past is important for youngsters, because the past shapes the future. Reward-based mechanisms may also work and are welfare superior to punishment-based ones. However, reward-based mechanisms are fragile, since punishment is a more compelling signaling device (in a sense that we make precise).
Subjects: 
norms
punishment
reaward
signaling
JEL: 
D82
D83
C72
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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