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Monday, February 3, 2014

Salmon & Serra on Social Judgment and Rule Breaking

Tim Salmon and Danila Serra (Southern Methodist University and Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Department of Economics) have posted Does Social Judgment Diminish Rule Breaking? on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

We experimentally investigate the extent to which social observability and the possibility of social judgment affect the decision to engage in theft, bribery and embezzlement conditional on individuals' cultural background. We involve a student sample characterized by cultural heterogeneity due to immigration of their ancestors to the US. We show that people with different cultural heritages respond differently to increased social observability of their actions. In particular, we find that the possibility of social judgment reduces rule breaking of individuals who identify culturally with high rule of law countries but not those who identify with low rule of law countries.

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