Peer Reporting and the Perception of Fairness
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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.
KeywordsPeer reporting Perception Social norms Fairness Employee theft Victimization
JEL ClassificationC35 C36 D63 K42
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