"Good deeds turn bad: From pro-sociality to corruption"
University of Amsterdam - Work and Organizational Psychology
Dr. Shaul Shalvi (University of Amsterdam)
prof.dr. Theo Offerman (University of Amsterdam)
1 October 2015 - 30 September 2019
European Research Council
Cooperation and pro social behavior is usually praised and encouraged in our society. Such behaviors usually lead to positive outcomes such as increased trust and strong interpersonal relationships among individuals. However, beyond the positive aspects of pro sociality, little is knows about the potential dark side of such behavior. For example, it might be the case that people's pro-social tendencies, desire to reciprocate and cooperate with others will lead them to bend ethical rules to demonstrate their pro- sociality.
I will employ behavioral psychology and behavioral economic approaches and ran big scale, financially incentivized experiments in order to study the dark side of pro sociality and it's underlying mechanism. Specifically I will test whether pro-social behaviors such as reciprocity and cooperation leads to corrupt behavior and what is the psychological mechanisms behind such pro-social corruption.