Journal of Consumer Research, Vol. 34, June 2007
10 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2007 Last revised: 19 Oct 2011
This research examines the impact of asking intention questions about "vice behaviors," or behaviors about which respondents simultaneously hold both negative explicit and positive implicit attitudes. Asking questions about the likelihood of engaging in behaviors for which respondents maintain conflicting attitude structures appears to give respondents a "license to sin," resulting in increased rates of behavior versus those of a control group not asked intention questions. However, when provided with defensive tools that highlight the negative explicit component of their attitudes toward the behaviors, respondents are able to dampen the increase in behavior caused by the act of prediction.
Keywords: license, sin, liberating, reporting
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Fitzsimons, Gavan J. and Nunes, Joseph and Williams, Patti, License to Sin: The Liberating Role of Reporting Expectations. Journal of Consumer Research, Vol. 34, June 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=992056