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SBEE Seminar Series: Julie Chytilová

Julie Chytilova

10/11/2021, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

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.

Speaker bio: 

Julie Chytilová

Julie Chytilová has been a researcher at the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences since July 2015. Since 2016, she has been an Associate Professor at the Institute of Economic Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (previously an Assistant Professor, 2009-2016), where she received her PhD degree in Economics (2009). She was a visiting researcher at New York University (2007/8) and University of California, Berkeley (2015, 2018).

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