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Status inequality, moral disengagement and violence

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Authors and Corporations: Falk, Armin (Author)
Type of Resource: E-Book
Language: English
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Berlin DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research 2017
Series: Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung: Discussion papers ; 1676
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Source: Verbunddaten SWB
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Summary: This paper studies the causal effect of status differences on moral disengagement and violence. To measure violent behavior, in the experiment, a subject can inflict a painful electric shock on another subject in return for money. We exogenously vary relative status in the realm of sexual attractiveness. In three between-subject conditions, the assigned other subject is either of higher, lower or equal status. The incidence of electric shocks is substantially higher among subjects matched with higher- and lower-status others, relative to subjects matched with equal-status others. This causal evidence on the role of status inequality on violence suggests an important societal cost of economic and social inequalities.
Physical Description: 1 Online-Ressource (circa 31 Seiten); Illustrationen