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Anti-social Behavior in Groups

Tomas Zelinsky (), Michal Bauer, Jana Cahlíková, Celik-Katreniak, Dagmara, Julie Chytilova and Lubomír Cingl

No 13315, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: This paper provides strong evidence supporting the long-standing speculation that decision-making in groups has a dark side, by magnifying the prevalence of anti-social behavior towards outsiders. A large-scale experiment implemented in Slovakia and Uganda (N=2,309) reveals that deciding in a group with randomly assigned peers increases the prevalence of anti-social behavior that reduces everyone's but which improves the relative position of own group. The effects are driven by the influence of a group context on individual behavior, rather than by group deliberation. The observed patterns are strikingly similar on both continents.

JEL-codes: C92 C93 D01 D64 D74 D91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-11
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