Intergroup Revenge: A Laboratory Experiment

Hugh-Jones, David and Leroch, Martin Alois (2017) Intergroup Revenge: A Laboratory Experiment. Homo Oeconomicus, 34 (2-3). 117–135. ISSN 0943-0180

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    Abstract

    Several everyday examples imply that humans reciprocate not only towards direct perpetrators, but also to entire groups, thereby potentially affecting innocent bystanders. We test the hypothesis that people are predisposed to reciprocate against groups. In a laboratory experiment, subjects who were helped or harmed by another player’s action reacted by helping or harming another member of that player’s group. This group reciprocity was only observed when one group was seen as unfairly advantaged. Thus, activation of group reciprocity may be a causal mechanism that links perceived injustice to intergroup conflict. We discuss the relevance of group reciprocity to political and economic phenomena including violence, discrimination and team competition.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: experiment,intergroup revenge,fairness,group identity
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
    Depositing User: Pure Connector
    Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 06:05
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 12:22
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/64093
    DOI: 10.1007/s41412-017-0049-0

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