Third Party Punishment and Social Norms

@inproceedings{Fehr2004ThirdPP,
  title={Third Party Punishment and Social Norms},
  author={Ernst Fehr and Urs Fischbacher},
  year={2004}
}
We examine the characteristics and relative strength of third-party sanctions in a series of experiments. We hypothesize that egalitarian distribution norms and cooperation norms apply in our experiments, and that third parties, whose economic payoff is unaffected by the norm violation, may be willing to enforce these norms although the enforcement is costly for them. Almost two-thirds of the third parties indeed punished the violation of the distribution norm and their punishment increased the… CONTINUE READING
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