Julie Chytilová (Charles University) is presenting at the VCEE Seminar

Julie Chytilová talks about "Nastiness in Groups" on Dec 3, 2021 at 10.30am.

Nastiness in Groups

This paper provides evidence showing that people are more prone to engage in nasty behavior, malevolently causing financial harm to other people at own costs, when they make decisions on behalf of a group rather than when making choices individually on their own. We establish this behavioral regularity in four large-scale experiments among adolescents, university students and a nationally representative sample of adults (N = 7,426). We test several potential mechanisms, and the results suggest that the “destructiveness shift” in groups is driven by lower perception of individual responsibility, in line with self-signaling models.