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The sound of silence: A license to be selfish

Journal article
Authors G. Di Bartolomeo
Martin Dufwenberg
S. Papa
Published in Economics Letters
Volume 182
Pages 68-70
ISSN 0165-1765
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 68-70
Language en
Keywords Active-non-communication, Cost of lying, Pre-fab promises, Psychological costs, Trust game
Subject categories Psychology, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


We theoretically formulate the idea that if a person stays silent in a situation where a promise could have been made, then he or she will subsequently act as if having a license to be selfish. We then report results from an experimental test that provides some support.

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