Fagseminar HHUiS: Harm or Look Away – A Real Effort Experiment

Handelshøgskolen ved UiS inviterter til åpent fagseminar med Christine Harbring fra RWTH Aachen University.

Handelshøgskolen ved UiS ønsker alle interesserte velkommen til åpent fagseminar. Professor Dr. Christine Harbring, RWTH Aachen University vil presentere sin artikkel: Harm or Look Away – A Real Effort Experiment

Tid: Tirsdag 8. september kl 12:15-13:15

Sted: Elise Ottesen-Jensens hus, rom 278


In rank-order tournaments, the incentive to harm others and exert destructive effort in form of sabotage is a severe problem. However, a distinction between active sabotage and the failure to prevent harm by looking away has – as far as we know –  not been considered in the economic literature on rank-order tournaments. Though, there are indicators that subjects tend to perceive active sabotage as more morally illegitmate than the failure to act. In a laboratory experiment, we compare settings in which participants are competing in dyadic real-effort tournaments, and they may decrease the output of their contestant via committing sabotage or an omission decision at no cost. We analyze different mechanisms to reduce these destructive activities. Our setup allows us to deepen our understanding of harmful behavior in competitive situations and possible solutions.

Prof. Dr. Christine Harbring

Prof. Dr. Christine Harbring