Giuseppe Dari Mattiacci (University of Amsterdam) (webinar)
22 April 2021 @ 14:00 - 15:15
- Past event
“How Institutions Shape Morality”
Abstract: We present the results of a randomized controlled trial on the effect of the introduction of formalized property rights on individuals’ moral judgments and, in particular, on utilitarian morality. We show that institutions shape morality: being exposed to private property institutions makes individuals more utilitarian when confronted with moral dilemmas. Our result sheds light on a possible factor con- tributing to the variation of moral judgments across the globe and its geographical patterns, and has implications for the consequences of major institutional reforms — both intended, such as land-titling programs, and unintended, such as the fall of communism — on moral attitudes. A conjectural channel through which property affects morality is the loosening of social ties.