Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80634
Authors: 
Drouvelis, Michalis
Powdthavee, Nattavudh
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7495
Abstract: 
What determines people's moral judgments of selfish behaviors? Here we study whether people's normative views in trust and gift exchange games, which underlie many situations of economic and social significance, are themselves functions of positive emotions. We used experimental survey methods to investigate people's moral judgments empirically, and explored whether we could influence subsequent judgments by deliberately making some individuals happier. We found that moral judgments of selfish behaviors in the economic context depend strongly on other people's behaviors, but their relationships are significantly moderated by an increase in happiness for the person making the judgment.
Subjects: 
happiness
moral judgments
trust games
gift exchange games
JEL: 
C91
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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