People are conditional rule followers

PTM (Pieter) Desmet, CW (Christoph) Engel

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Abstract

Experimental participants are more likely to follow an arbitrary rule the more others in their
reference group do so as well. The effect is most pronounced for individuals who follow few rules
when not knowing others’ behavior. Unlike what is observed for conditional cooperation,
learning that only few others follow a rule does not reduce rule following.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102384
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Economic Psychology
Volume85
Issue numberAugust 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

Helpful comments by the editor, an anonymous referee, Claudia Cerrone and Alexander Schneeberger on an earlier version are gratefully acknowledged. The experiment has been funded from the regular budget of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, Germany. All data, analyses, and instructions are available on https://osf.io/d5an9/ or DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/D5AN9.

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