Viewers: Implications (09-16-20)

Fosgaard and colleagues investigated how being viewed by others influences our behavior.  They determined that “when behavior is anonymous, uncertainty about which [social] norm guides partners reduces aggregate norm compliance. However, when others can observe behavior, introducing a small degree of norm uncertainty increases aggregate norm compliance. This implies that norm uncertainty may actually facilitate interaction as long as behavior is observable and uncertainty is sufficiently small.”  

Toke Fosgaard, Lars Hansen, and Erik Wengstrom. 2020.  “Norm Compliance in an Uncertain World.”  IFRO Working Paper 2020/04, University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics,