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Norm Enforcement: Anger, Indignation or Reciprocity?

Jeffrey Carpenter and Peter Matthews

Middlebury College Working Paper Series from Middlebury College, Department of Economics

Abstract: The enforcement of social norms often requires that unaffected third parties sanction offenders. Given the renewed interest of economists in norms, the literature on third party punishment is surprisingly thin, however. In this paper, we report on the results of an experiment designed to evaluate two distinct explanations for this phenomenon, indignation and group reciprocity. We find evidence in favor of both, with the caveat that the incidence of indignation-driven sanctions is perhaps smaller than earlier studies have hinted. Furthermore, our results suggest that second parties use sanctions to promote conformism while third parties intervene primarily to promote efficiency.

Keywords: experiment; voluntary contribution mechanism; norm; third party punishment; reciprocity; indignation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C79 C91 C92 D64 H41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22 pages
Date: 2005-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-evo, nep-exp and nep-reg
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Journal Article: NORM ENFORCEMENT: ANGER, INDIGNATION, OR RECIPROCITY? (2012) Downloads
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