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Would I lie to you? Strategic deception in the face of uncertain penalties

Rapport
Författare Buly A Cardak
Ananta Neelim
Joseph Vecci
Kevin Wu
Förlag University of Gothenburg
Förlagsort Gothenburg
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för nationalekonomi med statistik
Språk en
Ämnesord Punishment, Deception, Principal Agent, Norm Induced Behaviour
Ämneskategorier Nationalekonomi

Sammanfattning

Using an experiment we investigate the effect of different centralised punishment mechanisms on deception and beliefs about deception in a principal-agent interaction that resembles many everyday expert advisor - client relationships. Agents have private information to transmit to Principals who must decide whether to follow Agent advice. Across our treatments, Agents face a range of expected penalties for deceptive behaviour with varying severity and monitoring probability. The Bayesian Nash equilibrium of the principal-agent interaction predicts penalties to have no effect on Agent behaviour. We find the magnitude of penalties to have important deterrent effects on deceptive Agent behaviour while Agents do not respond to changes in monitoring probabilities. Principal following behaviour increases in response to high penalties. However, it is unaffected by equivalent increases in monitoring. To help us understand the mechanism through which penalties deter deceptive behaviour, we test whether framing activates norms, providing an additional deterrence effect. We find norms are only activated by large penalties, providing a possible explanation for the impact of penalties on deceptive behaviour.

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