An experimental investigation of moral commitments

Kößler, Ann-Kathrin (2015) An experimental investigation of moral commitments. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis explored the impact of non-contractual agreements in economic decisions. These statements of intent serve as a commitment device in strategic decisions and have been found to be an effective alternative to strong regulations in promoting social behaviour. Three studies have been undertaken using conceptual and methodological approaches from Behavioral and Experimental Economics. The first study explored in a public good setting the effect of public statements about intended social behaviour. The second study tested whether promises can help to promote co-operation in environments with uncertain choice options. The third study investigated a possible application of statement of intent and tested the effect of payment promises in a tax setting.

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ID Code: 86098
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Dulleck, Uwe & Page, Lionel
Keywords: Non-contractual agreements, Promises, Code of Conducts, Commitment, Selection, Statement of Intentions, Supportive Incentives, Supportive Designs, Tax payments, Agreements under uncertainty
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 20 Sep 2015 23:35
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2015 23:55

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