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Games 2018, 9(4), 75; https://doi.org/10.3390/g9040075

Do Economists Punish Less?

Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University, Aarhus V 8210, Denmark
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Received: 28 August 2018 / Revised: 27 September 2018 / Accepted: 28 September 2018 / Published: 30 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Norms and Games)
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A number of studies discuss whether and how economists differ from other disciplines in the amount that they contribute to public goods. We view this debate as incomplete because it neglects the willingness to sanction non-cooperative behavior, which is crucial for maintaining social order and for sustaining the provision of public goods. We study the decision whether to engage in costly punishment of a free rider in a survey-based experiment with 1423 students from seven study areas in the social sciences, as well as medicine at Aarhus University, Denmark. Using a dictator game and a social dilemma game, that captures essential features of the public goods game, we replicate previous findings that economics students give significantly less than students from other disciplines. However, when subjects decide whether or not to punish a free rider, we find that economics students are just as likely to punish as students from other disciplines. View Full-Text
Keywords: social preferences; punishment; public goods game; dictator game; norm compliance; experimental economics; economists social preferences; punishment; public goods game; dictator game; norm compliance; experimental economics; economists
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Kaiser, J.P.; Pedersen, K.S.; Koch, A.K. Do Economists Punish Less? Games 2018, 9, 75.

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