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Do negative emotions explain punishment in power-to-take game experiments?

Fabio Galeotti

Journal of Economic Psychology, 2015, vol. 49, issue C, 1-14

Abstract: An important branch of economic research on emotions has used power-to-take game experiments to study the impact of negative emotions, such as anger, irritation and contempt, on the decision to punish. We investigate experimentally the role that the specific punishment technology adopted plays in this context, and test to what extent punishing behavior can be truly attributed to negative emotions. We find that a large part (around 70%) of the punishment behavior observed in previous PTTG studies is explained by the technology of punishment adopted instead of negative emotions. Once this effect is removed, negative emotions do still play an important role, but the efficiency costs associated to them are much smaller.

Keywords: Emotions; Punishment; Power-to-take; Experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A12 C72 C91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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