Research Seminar: Giorgia Romagnoli (University of Amsterdam)

Title: "Morals in multi-units markets"

  • Date: 06 December 2022 from 12:00 to 13:30

  • Event location: Seminar Room - Piazza Scaravilli, 2 + Microsoft Teams Meeting


We examine how the erosion of morals in markets depends on the market power of individual traders. Previously studied single-unit markets provide market power to individual traders by limiting the roles of two forces: (i) the replacement logic, whereby immoral trading is justified by the belief that others would trade otherwise; (ii) market selection, by which the least moral trader determines quantities. In an experiment, we compare single-unit to (more common) multi-unit markets which may activate these forces. We find that, in contrast to single-unit markets, multi-unit markets show full erosion of morals. Especially the replacement logic drives this finding. In addition, we find that (i) market experience leads to biased social learning, whereby subjects believe that others are less moral than they actually are; (ii) erosion of morals persists partially after multi-unit markets; (iii) changes in social norms are not driving these results.

The paper is joint with Ziegler and Offerman

Invited by:  Econometrics Group

Local Organizer: Stefania Bortolotti