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Biased perception may trump rational intention: Most people think they are less corrupt than average
University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Stockholm University, USA.
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics. Stockholm University, Sweden. (MAM)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7164-0924
2015 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

From a game theoretic point of view, a social norm can sometimes be considered as a Nash equilibrium in a coordination game. Here we point out a psychological reason why such a social norm might erode, even if it is beneficial and agents have rational intentions. The reason is a well-established bias in interpersonal perception, the better-than-average effect. Psychological research on this bias has mainly focused on skills and personality attributes, rather than normative behavior. In a series of online surveys, we demonstrate that the better-than-average effect applies also to judgments of the likelihood to engage in petty corruption, a very important domain of social norms. We conclude that this psychological bias may be a factor that contributes to the difficulty of establishing noncorruption.

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2015.
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Other Mathematics
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Mathematics/Applied Mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30042DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2638526OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-30042DiVA: diva2:885674
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Swedish Research Council, 2009-2390
Available from: 2015-12-20 Created: 2015-12-20 Last updated: 2015-12-22Bibliographically approved

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