Identifying Legitimacy: Experimental Evidence on Compliance with Authority

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Dickson, Eric S., Sanford C. Gordon, and Gregory A. Huber (2022). replication materials for, Identifying legitimacy: Experimental Evidence on Compliance with Authority. ISPS Data Archive.


Eric Dickson, Gregory Huber, Sanford Gordon

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NYU Center for Experimental Social Science Laboratory; Yale Behavioral Research Laboratory;
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4,000 = 1,800 (experiment 1) + 2,200 (experiment 2)
At both institutions, participants signed up via a web-based recruitment system that draws on a large, preexisting pool of potential student subjects. (Subjects were not recruited from the authors’ courses and did not receive course credit for participating.)
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Citizens are made aware both of the authority’s choices and the actual material incentives that they face, on the basis of the randomly realized degree of fairness of the institution. By randomizing the citizen’s extrinsic incentives in this way, we are thus able to causally identify the effect of the authority’s action on citizen behavior via the intrinsic channel, holding constant the citizens’ material incentives.
Citizen's extrinsic incentives
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Web delivered
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Data file number Descriptionsort ascending File format Size File url
D184F01 ReadMe .txt 1041 Download file
D184F05 Program: Experiment 2 .do 6787 Download file
D184F04 Program: Experiment 1 .do 10612 Download file
D184F07 Metadata (DDI 3.2) .xml 994794 Download file
D184F03 Data: Experiment 2 .dta 275842 Download file
D184F03.1 Data: Experiment 2 .csv 512365 Download file
D184F02 Data: Experiment 1 .dta 210412 Download file
D184F02.1 Data: Experiment 1 .csv 370375 Download file
D184F06 Author Report .pdf 168686 Download file