Anti-Social Behavior in Groups

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Michal Bauer

Charles University in Prague - Institute of Economic Studies; CERGE-EI

Jana Cahlikova

Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance; Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute)

Dagmara Celik Katreniak

National Research University Higher School of Economics; Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute)

Julie Chytilová

Charles University in Prague - Department of Economics

Lubomir Cingl

University of Economics, Prague

Tomas Zelinsky

Technical University of Kosice

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Date Written: November 13, 2018

Abstract

This paper provides strong evidence supporting the long-standing speculation that decision-making in groups has a dark side, by magnifying the prevalence of anti-social behavior towards outsiders. A large-scale experiment implemented in Slovakia and Uganda (N=2,309) reveals that deciding in a group with randomly assigned peers increases the prevalence of anti-social behavior that reduces everyone’s payoff but which improves the relative position of own group. The effects are driven by the influence of a group context on individual behavior, rather than by group deliberation. The observed patterns are strikingly similar on both continents.

Keywords: antisocial behavior, aggressive competitiveness, group membership, group decision-making, group conflict

JEL Classification: C92, C93, D01, D64, D74, D91

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Michal and Cahlikova, Jana and Celik Katreniak, Dagmara and Chytilová, Julie and Cingl, Lubomir and Zelinsky, Tomas, Anti-Social Behavior in Groups (November 13, 2018). Working Paper of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance No. 2018-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3283686 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3283686

Michal Bauer

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Jana Cahlikova (Contact Author)

Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance ( email )

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Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute) ( email )

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Dagmara Celik Katreniak

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Russia

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Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute) ( email )

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Czech Republic

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Julie Chytilová

Charles University in Prague - Department of Economics ( email )

Opletalova 26
Prague 1, 163 00
Czech Republic

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Lubomir Cingl

University of Economics, Prague ( email )

nam. W.Churchilla 4
Prague 3, 130 67
Czech Republic

Tomas Zelinsky

Technical University of Kosice ( email )

Letna 9
Kosice, 04001
Slovakia

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