Christian Traxler Can Moral Suasion Effectively Induce Compliance with the Law?
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In the large-scale natural field experiment presented in this video different treatments to induce compliance with the law were tested: Potential evaders of TV license fees in Austria received different mailings – one presenting the prospects of financial and legal consequences, one appealing to morals and one communicating high compliance rates. CHRISTIAN TRAXLER explains that only the threat of consequences had a signiﬁcant deterrent effect whereas neither of the two other mailings significantly affected compliance rates.
LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10033
Testing Enforcement Strategies in the Field: Threat, Moral Appeal and Social Information
- Gerlinde Fellner, Rupert Sausgruber and Christian Traxler
- Journal of the European Economic Association
- Published in 2013