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Paper #1150

Títol:
Can sanctions induce pessimism? An experiment
Autors:
Roberto Galbiati, Karl Schlag i JoŽl van der Weele
Data:
Març 2009
Resum:
We run an experiment in which two subjects play a two-round minimum effort game in the presence of a third player (principal) who is the only one informed about past effort choices and benefits from a higher minimum effort of the others. Sanctions introduced in the second round by the experimenter lead to more optimistic beliefs and higher efforts. This is not true when sanctions have been imposed by the principal. The possibility that the choice of a sanction is a signal of low effort levels causes players who chose high effort in the first round to be less optimistic.
Paraules clau:
Sanctions, beliefs, expressive law, deterrence, coordination, minimum effort game, leex
Codis JEL:
C92, D83, K42
Àrea de Recerca:
Economia Experimental i del Comportament

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