Guilt Aversion in Economics and Psychology

Charles Bellemare, A. Sebald, Sigrid Suetens

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We investigate whether the concept of guilt aversion in economics is related to the psychological characterization of the same phenomenon. For trust games and dictator games we report correlations between the guilt sensitivity measured within a framework of psychological games most common in economics and the guilt sensitivity measured using a questionnaire common in psychology (TOSCA-3). We find that the two measures correlate well and significantly in the two settings.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherCentER, Center for Economic Research
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2019

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NameCentER Discussion Paper



  • guilt sensitivity
  • psychological game theory
  • laboratory experiment
  • guilt aversion

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Bellemare, C., Sebald, A., & Suetens, S. (2019). Guilt Aversion in Economics and Psychology. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2019-017). CentER, Center for Economic Research.