Quotation Müller, Julia, Schwieren, Christiane, Spitzer, Florian. 2016. What Drives Destruction? On the Malleability of Anti-Social Behavior.




Many recent experimental studies have shown that some subjects destroy other subjects’ incomes without receiving any material benefit, and that they even incur costs to do so. In this paper, we study the boundary conditions of this phenomenon, which is referred to as anti-social behavior. We introduce a four-player destruction game, in which we vary the framing and the presence of another activity, running in parallel to the destruction game. We observe a substantial amount of destruction in the baseline condition without the parallel activity, and with a framing in the spirit of previous destruction experiments. Our results indicate that a parallel activity as well as a framing emphasizing joint ownership of the item that can be destroyed reduces destruction almost to zero. We therefore argue that the emergence of anti-social behavior is highly contingent on the contextual environment.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title What Drives Destruction? On the Malleability of Anti-Social Behavior
Year 2016
URL https://ideas.repec.org/p/wiw/wiwwuw/wuwp238.html
JEL A13; C72; C91


Spitzer, Florian (Former researcher)
Müller, Julia (University of Münster, Germany)
Schwieren, Christiane (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
Institute for Markets and Strategy IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5311 Public finance (Details)
5953 Game theory (Details)
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