Punishment and Status
(English)Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Social hierarchy is part of human interaction in all societies, and hierarchical systems are sustained by social norms and their enforcement. In this study, we investigate how relative social status influences norm enforcement in a dictator game with third party punishment. Status is conveyed by surname; half of the third parties are matched with a dictator with a noble name and half with a dictator with a common name. Receivers and third parties all have common names. We find that third parties facing a low-status male dictator punish to a greater extent than third parties facing a dictator from any other social category. Interestingly, discriminatory behavior occurs only in male-to-male interactions. For offers below 40 percent of the allocated resource, male third parties punish a low-status male dictator almost twice as much as his high-status counterpart. Thus, exposure to economic punishment is significantly impacted by social status in our sample.
Status, punishment, discrimination, experiment
Research subject Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88176OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-88176DiVA: diva2:610040