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What did you do before? Moral (in)consistency in pro-environmental choice

Sophie Clot, Gilles Grolleau () and Lisette Ibanez ()

CEE-M Working Papers from CEE-M, Universitiy of Montpellier, CNRS, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro

Abstract: Rather than just examining moral licensing and cleansing at an aggregate level, we investigate experimentally the moral dynamics at an individual level. We also propose a formal definition of moral consistency or inconsistency (i.e., moral licensing and/or moral cleansing). We found that half our sample present inconsistent pro-environmental behaviour, independently of the way behavior is elicited (positive or negative framing). Men seem to behave more consistently over time, but when they compensate, they license (respectively cleanse) in a higher (respectively lesser) extent than women. We suggest that policies can improve their performances by avoiding a ‘one size fits all approach’ and take into account this heterogeneity of moral dynamics..

Keywords: cleansing; dictator game; licensing; moral in(consistency); taking game (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D03 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-env, nep-exp and nep-hme
Date: 2018-09
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