The moral costs of nastiness

Klaus Abbink, Benedikt Herrmann

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We introduce two variants of the one-shot joy-of-destruction minigame (mini-JOD). Two players are endowed with the same amount of money. They simultaneously decide whether or not to reduce the other player s payoff at an own cost. In one treatment there was a probability that nature would destroy the opponent s money anyway. We test whether this feature reduces the moral costs of nastiness, and find that destruction rates rise significantly, despite the absence of strategic reasons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631 - 633
Number of pages3
JournalEconomic Inquiry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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