Discussion paper

DP13593 Partial Norms

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.


d'Adda, G, M Dufwenberg, F Passarelli and G Tabellini (2019), ‘DP13593 Partial Norms ‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 13593. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp13593