ICES Brown Bag for February 15

Events, Seminars | February 11, 2018

Join us for the next ICES Brown Bag Lecture of the semester, featuring Eugen Dimant.

Dr. Dimant, of University of Pennsylvania, will discuss his paper (co-authored with Cristina Bicchieri, Simon G├Ąchter, and Daniele Nosenzo) Feel the Power of the Dark Side: Experimental Evidence on the Battle of Norms (Abstract). The talk will take place on Thursday, February 15th, from 12:00 to 1:00pm, in room 5075 of the Vernon Smith Hall (formerly Metropolitan Building), Arlington campus.

Coffee and dessert will be provided.

Please visit the Brown Bag Schedule to learn more about the Brown Bag series.


Most existing studies have focused on analyzing peer effects in pro-social or anti-social behavior in isolation. Our principal contribution is the use of a novel experimental approach that enables us to analyze the contagion of behavior among individuals and groups in both domains and across different levels of social cohesion. Overall, anti-social behavior is found to be more contagious, while social cohesion reduces its impact. As a gloomy outlook, we find that a barrel of good apples is easily spoiled, while the reverse is particularly difficult to achieve and behavior quickly deteriorates to an overwhelmingly anti-social steady state. The results yield policy implications concerning designing effective nudges and interventions to facilitate (reduce) pro- (anti-)social behavior, in both social and economic environments.

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