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643. Partial Norms

by Giovanna d’Adda, Martin Dufwenberg, Francesco Passarelli, Guido Tabellini

We consider an expanded notion of social norms that render them belief-dependent and partial, formulate a series of related testable predictions, and design an experiment based on a variant of the dictator game that tests for empirical relevance. Main results: Normative beliefs influence generosity, as predicted. Degree of partiality leads to more dispersion in giving behavior, as predicted.

Keywords: Social norms, partial norms, normative expectations, consensus, experiment.

JEL codes: C91, D91

Last updated July 23, 2019