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LFP The influence of relational models on punishment behavior in economic decision making

Semester: SoSe 2012 & WiSe 2012/2013

Dozenten: Prof Dr. Felix Brodbeck & Dr. Katharina Kugler


In economic games, people often behave irrationally and engage in costly punishment behaviors. We investigate whether two of Fiske’s relational models, communal sharing and market pricing, influence such behaviors in a one-shot dictator game, and whether they influence participants’ emotions regarding money distribution. Findings partly support our hypotheses in that participants in the market pricing frame punish significantly more than people in the communal sharing frame. However, emotions do not differ between groups and can therefore not be used as an explanation for the difference in punishment behavior.