Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics

CeDEx 2011-02: The Social Costs of Responsibility


We use an experimental lottery choice task and public goods game to examine if responsibility for the financial welfare of others affects decision making behaviour in two different types of decision environments. We find no evidence that responsibility affects individual risk preferences. Responsibility does, however, crowd-out cooperation in a public goods game.

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Steven J. Humphrey and Elke Renner


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Posted on Tuesday 1st February 2011

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