DP13593 Partial Norms

Author(s): Giovanna D'Adda, Martin Dufwenberg, Francesco Passarelli, Guido Tabellini
Publication Date: March 2019
Date Revised: July 2019
Keyword(s): Consensus, Experiment, normative expectations, partial norms, Social norms
JEL(s): C91, D91
Programme Areas: Public Economics
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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.