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Sophie Clot, Gilles Grolleau and Lisette Ibanez
 
''Self-Licensing and Financial Rewards: Is Morality For Sale?''
( 2013, Vol. 33 No.3 )
 
 
This paper studies the impact of financially rewarding good deeds on self-licensing. We run a between-subjects experiment comprised of an adapted dictator game preceded by paid and unpaid pro-environmental tasks. We find that prefacing the dictator game with an unpaid good deed seems to establish a 'moral rectitude' which licenses subsequent selfish behaviour, whereas a paid good deed dampens this effect. Interestingly, the nature of the initial task has more of an effect on the binary option (give vs. not give) than on the amount donated.
 
 
Keywords: Self licensing, financial rewards, pro-environmental behaviour, behavioural experiment
JEL: Q5 - Environmental Economics: General
C9 - Design of Experiments: General
 
Manuscript Received : May 22 2013 Manuscript Accepted : Sep 10 2013

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