Paper published in Journal of the European Economic Association

7 June 2017 17:02

(updated: 7 June 2017 17:18)

Paper published in Journal of the European Economic Association

“Face-Saving or Fair-Minded: What Motivates Moral Behavior?”, written by The Choice Lab researchers Alexander W. Cappelen, Erik Ø. Sørensen and Bertil Tungodden along with Trond Halvorsen (NHH, and SINTEF Technology and Society)

Trond Halvorsen
Trond Halvorsen

The paper “Face-Saving or Fair-Minded: What Motivates Moral Behavior?” has been published in Journal of the European Economic Association, Vol. 15, Issue 15-3, pp. 540-557.

Find more info about the authors, Alexander W. Cappelen, Erik Ø. SørensenBertil Tungodden, and Trond Halvorsen, on their respective profiles.

Click here to read the paper, or see the abstract below.

Abstract:
We study the relative importance of intrinsic moral motivation and extrinsic social motivation in explaining moral behavior. The key feature of our experiment is that we introduce a dictator game design that manipulates these two sources of motivation. In one set of treatments, we manipulate the moral argument for sharing, in another we manipulate the information given to the recipient about the context of the experiment and the dictator's decision. The paper offers two main findings. First, we provide evidence of intrinsic moral motivation being of fundamental importance. Second, we show that extrinsic social motivation matters and is crowding-in with intrinsic moral motivation. We also show that intrinsic moral motivation is strongly associated with self-reported charitable giving outside the lab and with political preferences.

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