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  First Impressions are More Important than Early Intervention. Qualifying Broken Windows Theory in the Lab

Beckenkamp, M., Engel, C., Glöckner, A., Irlenbusch, B., Hennig-Schmidt, H., Kube, S., et al. (2009). First Impressions are More Important than Early Intervention. Qualifying Broken Windows Theory in the Lab.

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Beckenkamp, Martin1, Author              
Engel, Christoph1, Author              
Glöckner, Andreas1, Author              
Irlenbusch, Bernd1, Author              
Hennig-Schmidt, Heike1, Author              
Kube, Sebastian1, Author              
Kurschilgen, Michael1, Author              
Morell, Alexander1, Author              
Nicklisch, Andreas1, Author              
Normann, Hans-Theo1, Author              
Towfigh, Emanuel Vahid1, Author              
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1Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Max Planck Society, ou_2173688              

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 Abstract: Broken Windows: the metaphor has changed New York and Los Angeles. Yet it is far from undisputed whether the broken windows policy was causal for reducing crime. In a series of lab experiments we put two components of the theory to the test. We show that first impressions and early punishment of antisocial behaviour are independently and jointly causal for cooperativeness. The effect of good first impressions and of early vigilance cannot be explained with, but adds to, participants’ initial level of benevolence. Mere impression management is not strong enough to maintain cooperation. Cooperation stabilizes if good first impressions are combined with some risk of sanctions. Yet if we control for first impressions, early vigilance only has a small effect. The effect vanishes over time.

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 Dates: 2009
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Publishing info: Bonn : Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
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 Identifiers: Other: 2009/21
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