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  Normative Perception of Power Abuse

Hoeft, L., Mill, W., & Vostroknutov, A. (2019). Normative Perception of Power Abuse.

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Item Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0003-22FA-D Version Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0005-0F6D-2
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Hoeft, Leonard1, Author              
Mill, Wladislaw, Author
Vostroknutov, Alexander, Author
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1Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Max Planck Society, ou_2173688              

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Free keywords: power abuse, norms, public goods, punishment
 JEL: C91 - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
 JEL: C92 - Laboratory, Group Behavior
 JEL: K42 - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
 JEL: H41 - Public Goods
 JEL: D73 - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
 Abstract: We study how the powerful perceive power abuse, and how negative experience related to it influences the appropriateness judgments of the powerless. We create an environment conducive to unfair exploitation in a repeated Public Goods game where one player (punisher) is given a further ability to costlessly subtract money from others (victims). Punishers who abuse their power rationalize their behavior by believing that free-riding, while forcing others to contribute, is not inappropriate. More importantly, victims of such abuse also start to believe that punishers’ free-riding and punishment are justifiable. Our findings demonstrate the capacity of humans to exculpate abusive behavior.

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 Dates: 2019-03-11
 Publication Status: Published online
 Pages: 47
 Publishing info: Bonn : Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Discussion Paper 2019/6
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 Identifiers: Other: 2019/6
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