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Taking punishment into your own hands: An experiment on the motivation underlying punishment

Duersch, Peter and Müller, Julia

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Abstract

In a punishment experiment, we separate the demand for punishment in general from a possible demand to conduct punishment personally. Subjects experience an unfair split of their earnings from a real effort task and have to decide on the punishment of the person who determines the distribution. First, it is established whether the allocator's payoff is reduced and, afterwards, subjects take part in a second price auction for the right to (physically) carry out the act of payoff reduction. This auction only resolves who will punish, not whether punishment takes place, so only subjects with a demand for personal punishment should bid.

Item Type: Working paper
Date Deposited: 28 May 2010 18:54
Date: 2010
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Economics and Social Studies > Alfred-Weber-Institut for Economics
Subjects: 330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords: personal punishment , real effort task , experiment , auction , desire to win
Schriftenreihe ID: Discussion Paper Series / University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics
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