Promises, Expectations & Causation
Giovanni Di Bartolomeo (),
Stefano Papa () and
Francesco Passarelli ()
No 185, Working Papers from University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics
Why do people keep their promises? Vanberg (2008) and Ederer & Stremitzer (2017) provide causal evidence in favor of, respectively, an intrinsic preference for keeping oneâ€™s word and Charness & Dufwenbergâ€™s (2006) expectations-based account based on guilt aversion. The overall picture is incomplete though, as no study disentangles effects in a design that provides exogenous variation of both (the key features of) promises and beliefs. We present an experimental design that does so.
Keywords: Promises; Expectations; Guilt aversion; Moral commitment; Causation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A13 C91 D03 D64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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