Peer Reporting and the Perception of Fairness

S. Douhou, J.R. Magnus, A.H.O. van Soest

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Abstract

Economic motives are not the only reasons for committing a (small) crime. People consider social norms and perceptions of fairness before judging a situation and acting upon it. If someone takes a bundle of printing paper from the office for private use at home, then a colleague who sees this can either report it or not: peer reporting. We investigate how fairness perception influences peer reporting in this situation of incorrect behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherEconometrics
Volume2011-068
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2011-068

Keywords

  • Peer reporting
  • Perception
  • Social norms
  • Fairness
  • Employee theft
  • Victimization

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    Douhou, S., Magnus, J. R., & van Soest, A. H. O. (2011). Peer Reporting and the Perception of Fairness. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2011-068). Econometrics.