Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

Loss-induced emotions and criminal behavior: An experimental analysis

Baumann, Florian
Friese, Marianne
Volume: 159
Pages: 134 - 145
Month: March
ISSN-Print: 0167-2681
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2019
Keywords: Crime; Experiment; Norm violation

We analyze the influence of frustration and anger on committing a norm violation in a laboratory experiment. Subjects complete a real-effort task where compensation is framed as a gain or a loss and subsequently report experienced levels of different emotions. Finally, subjects may increase their own income by taking away money designated for donation to charity. While both males and females experience higher levels of negative emotions in the loss frame than in the gain frame, we find that only men are more likely to take away money in the loss scenario.