Organizations, Diffused Pivotality and Immoral Outcomes

17 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2013

See all articles by Armin Falk

Armin Falk

University of Bonn - Economic Science Area; briq - Institute on Behavior & Inequality

Nora Szech

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Multiple version iconThere are 2 versions of this paper

Abstract

This paper studies how organizational design affects moral outcomes. Subjects face the decision to either kill mice for money or to save mice. We compare a Baseline treatment where subjects are fully pivotal to a Diffused-Pivotality treatment where subjects simultaneously choose in groups of eight. In the latter condition eight mice are killed if at least one subject opts for killing. The fraction of subjects deciding to kill is higher when pivotality is diffused. The likelihood of killing is monotone in subjective perceptions of pivotality. On an aggregate level many more mice are killed in Diffused-Pivotality than Baseline.

Keywords: morality, pivotality, experiment, organization, responsibility

JEL Classification: C91, D01, D03, D23, D63

Suggested Citation

Falk, Armin and Szech, Nora, Organizations, Diffused Pivotality and Immoral Outcomes. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7442, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2283557 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2283557

Armin Falk (Contact Author)

University of Bonn - Economic Science Area ( email )

briq - Institute on Behavior & Inequality

Schaumburg-Lippe-Straße 5-9
Bonn, 53113
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.briq-institute.org/

Nora Szech

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
14
Abstract Views
307
PlumX Metrics