Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/56830
Authors: 
Bracht, Jürgen
Regner, Tobias
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Jena economic research papers 2011,028
Abstract: 
Actual behaviour is influenced in important ways by moral emotions, for instance guilt or shame (see among others Tangney et al., 2007). Belief-dependant models of social preferences using the framework of psychological games aim to consider such emotions to explain other-regarding behaviour. Our study links recent advances in psychological theory on moral emotions to belief-dependant models in economics. We find that - in addition to the positive effect of second-order beliefs and promises - individuals' disposition to guilt (their proneness to respond in an evaluative way to personal transgressions) is an important determinant of kind behaviour. This applies to private as well as public settings.
Subjects: 
social preferences
other-regarding behaviour
experiments
psychological game theory
guilt aversion
shame
beliefs
emotions
partnership
JEL: 
C70
C91
D03
D82
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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