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, Volume 160, Issue 3, pp 289–310 | Cite as

Peer Reporting and the Perception of Fairness

  • Salima Douhou
  • Jan R. Magnus
  • Arthur van Soest


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 take action by talking to the offender or someone else (peer reporting). We investigate how fairness perception influences the decision to act upon incorrect behavior or not.


Peer reporting Perception Social norms Fairness Employee theft Victimization 

JEL Classification

C35 C36 D63 K42 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salima Douhou
    • 1
  • Jan R. Magnus
    • 2
  • Arthur van Soest
    • 2
  1. 1.CentERdata, Tilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Econometrics & Operations ResearchTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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