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
Pages (from-to)52-59
JournalJournal of Economic Psychology
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


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


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