Receiving Credit: On Delegation and Responsibility

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Evidence has shown that blame for a “bad" decision can be shifted by delegating the decision to someone else. We conduct experiments to examine whether the reverse is also true: Does one receive credit for taking a “good" decision as compared to delegating the decision to someone else? Our results indicate that the answer is affirmative. A person receives higher rewards when she makes a fair decision herself than when a delegate does. This indicates that responsibility attribution is a double-edged sword that applies to both bad and good outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages43
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2022

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NameTILEC Discussion Paper


  • delegation
  • reward
  • responsibility


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