Peer Reporting and the Perception of Fairness

Salima Douhou, Jan R. Magnus, Arthur van Soest

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-310
Number of pages22
JournalEconomist (Netherlands)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2012


  • Employee theft
  • Fairness
  • Peer reporting
  • Perception
  • Social norms
  • Victimization


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