Abuse of Power – An Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Power and Transparency on Centralized Punishment
26 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 2017
We investigate power abuse of a single punisher in a public-goods-game subject to variations in punishment power and contribution transparency. We find a high amount of abuse across all conditions. More power led to more abuse over time, while transparency could only curb abuse in the high power conditions. These findings highlight the dangers of power centralization, but suggest a more complex relation of power and transparency.
Keywords: Punishment, Public-Goods-Game, Designated Punishment, Abuse, Transparency, Power
JEL Classification: H41, C92, K42
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