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Homo moralis: Personal characteristics, institutions, and moral decision-making

Deckers, Thomas; Falk, Armin; Kosse, Fabian; Szech, Nora

Abstract: This paper studies how individual characteristics, institutions, and their interaction influence moral decisions. We validate a moral paradigm focusing on the willingness to accept harming third parties. Consequences of moral decisions are real. We explore how moral behavior varies with individual characteristics and how these characteristics interact with market institutions compared to situations of individual decision-making. Intelligence, female gender, and the existence of siblings positively influence moral decisions, in individual and in market environments. Yet in markets, most personalities tend to follow overall much lower moral standards. Only fluid intelligence specifically counteracts moral-eroding effects of markets.

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre (ECON)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht
Jahr 2016
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI(KIT): 10.5445/IR/1000055421
ISSN: 2190-9806
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-554216
KITopen ID: 1000055421
Verlag KIT, Karlsruhe
Umfang 28 S.
Serie Working paper series in economics ; 85
Schlagworte homo moralis, moral personality, real moral task, markets and personality, trade and morals
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