Neutral versus loaded instructions in a bribery experiment

Klaus Abbink, Heike Hennig-Schmidt

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Abstract

This paper contributes to the ongoing methodological debate on context-free versus in-context presentation of experimental tasks. We report an experiment using the paradigm of a bribery experiment. In one condition, the task is presented in a typical bribery context, the other one uses abstract wording. Though the underlying context is heavily loaded with negative ethical preconceptions, we do not find significant differences with our 18 independent observations per treatment. We conjecture that the experimental design transmits the essential features of a bribery situation already with neutral framing, such that the presentation does not add substantially to subjectsa?? interpretation of the task.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103 - 121
Number of pages19
JournalExperimental Economics
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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