Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223825
Authors: 
Feess, Eberhard
Kerzenmacher, Florian
Muehlheusser, Gerd
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 13383
Abstract: 
We conduct an experiment where subjects are matched in groups of three and vote on a moral transgression. Analyzing different voting rules, the frequency of votes for the moral transgression increases with the number of votes required for it. This effect persists when considering pivotal votes only, which eliminates opportunities to save on own moral costs and to rely instead on sufficiently many votes for the transgression by other group members. A series of novel treatments allows us to identify guilt sharing and preferences for consensual voting as empirically relevant and independent drivers of voting behavior.
Subjects: 
group decisions
unethical behavior
experiment
voting
diffusion of responsibility
guilt sharing
donations
JEL: 
C92
D02
D63
D71
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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