EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Asymmetric Obligations

Nadine Riedel () and Hannah Schildberg-Hoerisch ()

No 1110, Working Papers from Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation

Abstract: We use a laboratory experiment to investigate the behavioral effects of obligations that are not backed by binding deterrent incentives. To implement such `expressive law' we introduce different levels of very weakly incentivized, symmetric and asymmetric minimum contribution levels (obligations) in a repeated public goods experiment. The results provide evidence for a weak expressive function of law: while the initial impact of high obligations on behavior is strong, it decreases over time. Asymmetric obligations are as effective as symmetric ones. Our results are compatible with the argument that expressive law affects behavior by attaching an emotional cost of disobeying the own obligation.

Keywords: non-binding obligations; expressive law; public goods; experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C92 H41 K40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe and nep-exp
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Busine ... Series_11/WP1110.pdf (application/pdf)
Our link check indicates that this URL is bad, the error code is: 404 Not Found (http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Business_Taxation/Docs/Publications/Working_Papers/Series_11/WP1110.pdf [301 Moved Permanently]--> https://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Business_Taxation/Docs/Publications/Working_Papers/Series_11/WP1110.pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Asymmetric obligations (2013) Downloads
Working Paper: Asymmetric Obligations (2011) Downloads
Working Paper: Asymmetric obligations (2011) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:btx:wpaper:1110

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers from Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Dongxian Guo (). This e-mail address is bad, please contact .

 
Page updated 2020-04-05
Handle: RePEc:btx:wpaper:1110