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Peer Reporting and the Perception of Fairness

Douhou, S., Magnus, J. R. & van Soest, A. (2012). Peer Reporting and the Perception of Fairness. De Economist, 160(3), pp. 289-310. doi: 10.1007/s10645-012-9192-y


Economic motives are not the only reasons for committing a (small) crime. People consider social norms and perceptions of fairness before judging a situation and acting upon it. If someone takes a bundle of printing paper from the office for private use at home, then a colleague who sees this can take action by talking to the offender or someone else (peer reporting). We investigate how fairness perception influences the decision to act upon incorrect behavior or not.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via
Publisher Keywords: Peer reporting, Perception, Social norms, Fairness, Employee theft, Victimization
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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