Reluctant Recyclers: Social Interaction in Responsibility Ascription

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Kjell Arne Brekke

University of Oslo - Department of Economics; University of Oslo - Frisch Center

Gorm Kipperberg

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Karine Nyborg

University of Oslo - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: September 2007

Abstract

Duty-orientation implies a warm glow of giving as well as a cold shiver of not giving enough. If duty-oriented consumers learn their moral responsibility by observing others' behavior, social interaction in contribution behavior arises. However, since moral responsibility is a burden, duty-oriented consumers may be less willing to accept responsibility if their information about others' behavior is uncertain. Data from a survey on households' glass recycling indicates that perceived responsibility is a major determinant for reported recycling; that responsibility ascription is influenced by beliefs about others' behavior; and that people are, indeed, reluctant to accept responsibility based on uncertain information.

Keywords: Voluntary contributions, duty-orientation, recycling, joint FIML estimation

JEL Classification: D11, D12, D64, Q53

Suggested Citation

Brekke, Kjell Arne and Kipperberg, Gorm and Nyborg, Karine, Reluctant Recyclers: Social Interaction in Responsibility Ascription (September 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1116149 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1116149

Kjell Arne Brekke

University of Oslo - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 1095 Blindern
N-0317 Oslo
Norway
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University of Oslo - Frisch Center ( email )

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N-0349 Oslo
Norway
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Gorm Kipperberg

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Karine Nyborg (Contact Author)

University of Oslo - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O.Box 1095 Blindern
Oslo, N-0317
Norway

HOME PAGE: http://folk.uio.no/karineny/

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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