People are More Moral in Uncertain Environments

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Songfa Zhong
Friday 14 Jun 2024, 15:30 - 16:45
Mandeville Building
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This paper documents a behavioral pattern that people behave more morally in uncertain environments than degenerate deterministic environments. Through a series of experiments, we show that this pattern is robust and generalizable. 

The overall findings are incompatible with standard models that respect dominance and can be partially explained by the complexity aspect of uncertainty. We further discuss a mechanism whereby people act morally as if their moral behavior can help them obtain a better outcome as the result of uncertainty.

About the speaker

Songfa has made numerous important contributions to behavioral and experimental economics as well as to genoeconomics and neuroeconomics. His recent publications include papers in the Review of Economic Studies, The Review of Economics and Statistics, PNAS, Management Science.


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