Organizations, Diffused Pivotality and Immoral Outcomes

16 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2013

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Armin Falk

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

Nora Szech

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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Date Written: June 30, 2013

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

JEL Classification: C910, D010, D030, D230, D630

Suggested Citation

Falk, Armin and Szech, Nora, Organizations, Diffused Pivotality and Immoral Outcomes (June 30, 2013). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4300, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2290923 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2290923

Armin Falk (Contact Author)

University of Bonn - Economic Science Area ( email )

briq - Institute on Behavior & Inequality

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Nora Szech

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

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