Please use this persistent identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.24405/14910
Title: An Experimental Study on Responsibility Attribution in Sequential Decision-Making
Authors: Kraus, Janina
Language: eng
Keywords: Collective Decision Making;Responsibility Attribution;Pivotality;Voting;Default;Legitimacy
Subject (DDC): 330 Wirtschaft
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Universit├Ątsbibliothek der HSU / UniBwH
Document Type: Thesis
Publisher Place: Hamburg
Many decisions in organizations, politics, and economics are made collectively by groups. Often, other people who are not part of the decision-making process are affected by the resulting outcomes. Therefore, it is important to understand how individual group members are held accountable for the collective decision. In a recent paper, Bartling et al. (2015) analyzed the attribution of responsibility for collective decisions in a sequential voting game, in which three decision makers sequentially decide on an equal or unequal allocation implemented for themselves and three other recipients. They found that the pivotal decision maker was punished significantly more than non-pivotal decision makers.
However, it remains unclear what other factors influence the attribution of responsibility for collective decisions. Therefore, this study extends the work of Bartling et al. (2015) in two ways: first, the decision right is assigned through one of two different (legitimate) mechanisms, and second, one allocation is already preselected as the default. The assignment of individual responsibility is measured by eliciting the punishment choices of the recipients. Interestingly, the legitimacy of the group-building mechanism has no significant effect on the assigned responsibility. However, choosing the default is associated with less punishment, as long as other punishment motives are not controlled for. Additionally, the main result of Bartling et al. (2015), that the pivotal decision maker is punished significantly more, could not be replicated. Instead, the unkindness of a decision determines the punishment behavior of recipients.
Organization Units (connected with the publication): Volkswirtschaftslehre, insb. Behavioral Economics 
Advisor: Traub, Stefan 
Grantor: HSU Hamburg
Type of thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Exam date: 2023-03-27
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