Anti-social Behavior in Groups
CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 632
54 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2018
Date Written: November 1, 2018
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
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