Heterogeneous guilt sensitivities and incentive effects

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Psychological games of guilt aversion assume that preferences depend on (beliefs about) beliefs and on the guilt sensitivity of the decision-maker. We present an experiment designed to measure guilt sensitivities at the individual level for various stake sizes. We use the data to estimate a structural choice model that allows for heterogeneity, and permits that guilt sensitivities depend on stake size. We find substantial heterogeneity of guilt sensitivities in our population, with 60% of decision makers displaying stake-dependent guilt sensitivity. For these decision makers, we find that average guilt sensitivities are significantly different from zero for all stakes considered, while significantly decreasing with the level of stakes.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftExperimental Economics
Vol/bind21
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)316-336
Antal sider21
ISSN1386-4157
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2018

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