Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Immoral criminals? An experimental study of social preferences among prisoners.
(), Alexander W. Cappelen
(), Erik Ø. Sørensen
() and Bertil Tungodden
Abstract: This paper studies the pro-social preferences of criminals
by comparing the behavior of a group of prisoners in a lab experiment with
the behavior of a benchmark group recruited from the general population. We
find a striking similarity in the importance the two groups attach to
pro-social preferences in both in strategic and non-strategic situations.
This result also holds when the two groups interact. Data from a large
internet experiment,matched with official criminal records, suggest that
our main finding from the lab experiment is not influenced by the
additional scrutiny experienced by participants in prison.
Keywords: Pro-social preferences; Criminals; Lab experiment; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C91; D63; K40; (follow links to similar papers)
31 pages, September 1, 2011
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