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Fines versus Damages: Experimental Evidence on Care Investments

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Langenbach,  Pascal
Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Max Planck Society;

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Baumann, F., Friehe, T., & Langenbach, P. (2020). Fines versus Damages: Experimental Evidence on Care Investments.


Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-5E7C-7
Abstract
This paper studies the differential effects of fines and damages on people’s investment in accident prevention. We report results from a laboratory experiment in which monetary payoffs are maintained across the two policy instruments. While standard theory predicts no difference in behavior, we find that potential injurers invest substantially more money in accident prevention when they are subject to damages instead of a fine. We discuss possible behavioral channels that may explain our findings.