People are Conditional Rule Followers

9 Pages Posted: 17 May 2017

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Pieter Desmet

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Law

Christoph Engel

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods; University of Bonn - Faculty of Law & Economics; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics, Students; Universität Osnabrück - Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 2017

Abstract

Experimental participants are more likely to follow an arbitrary rule the more of their peers do so as well. The difference between unconditional and conditional rule following is most pronounced for individuals who follow few rules unconditionally.

Keywords: conditional rule following, deontological motives, conditional cooperation, experiment

JEL Classification: A13, C91, D03, D63, K42

Suggested Citation

Desmet, Pieter and Engel, Christoph, People are Conditional Rule Followers (May 2017). MPI Collective Goods Preprint, No. 2017/09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2969799 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2969799

Pieter Desmet

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