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On the social inappropriateness of discrimination (2018)
Journal Article
Barr, A., Lane, T., & Nosenzo, D. (2018). On the social inappropriateness of discrimination. Journal of Public Economics, 164, (153-164). doi:10.1016/j.jpubeco.2018.06.004. ISSN 0047-2727

We experimentally investigate the relationship between discriminatory behaviour and the perceived social inappropriateness of discrimination. We conjecture that discrimination will be weaker when social norms oppose it. Our results support this predi... Read More

Commitment to political ideology is a luxury only students can afford: a distributive justice experiment (2018)
Journal Article
Demel, S., Barr, A., Miller, L., & Ubeda, P. (in press). Commitment to political ideology is a luxury only students can afford: a distributive justice experiment. Journal of Experimental Political Science, doi:10.1017/XPS.2018.14. ISSN 2052-2630

Using a political-frame-free, lab-in-the-field experiment, we investigate the associations between employment status, self-reported political ideology, and preferences for redistribution. The experiment consists of a real-effort task, followed by a f... Read More

Complicity without connection or communication (2017)
Journal Article
Barr, A., & Michailidou, G. (2017). Complicity without connection or communication. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 142, doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2017.07.013. ISSN 0167-2681

We use a novel laboratory experiment involving a die rolling task embedded within a coordination game to investigate whether complicity can emerge when decision-making is simultaneous, the potential accomplices are strangers and neither communication... Read More

Moral consequences of becoming unemployed (2016)
Journal Article
Barr, A., Miller, L., & Ubeda, P. (2016). Moral consequences of becoming unemployed. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(17), doi:10.1073/pnas.1521250113. ISSN 0027-8424

We test the conjecture that becoming unemployed erodes the extent to which a person acknowledges earned entitlement. We use behavioral experiments to generate incentive compatible measures of individuals’ tendencies to acknowledge earned entitlement... Read More

The formation of community-based organizations: an analysis of a quasi-experiment in Zimbabwe (2014)
Journal Article
Barr, A., Dekker, M., & Fafchamps, M. (2014). The formation of community-based organizations: an analysis of a quasi-experiment in Zimbabwe. World Development, 66, doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.08.003. ISSN 0305-750X

Previous analyses of the formation and composition of community-based organizations (CBOs) have used cross section data. So, causal inference has been compromised. We obviate this problem by using data from a quasi-experiment in which villages were f... Read More

Participatory accountability and collective action: experimental evidence from Albania (2014)
Journal Article
Barr, A., Packard, T., & Serra, D. (2014). Participatory accountability and collective action: experimental evidence from Albania. European Economic Review, 68, doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2014.01.010. ISSN 0014-2921

It has been argued that accountability is a public good that only citizens can provide. Governments can put institutions in place that allow citizens to hold public servants to account, but citizens must participate in those institutions if accountab... Read More

Economic status and acknowledgement of earned entitlement
Journal Article
Barr, A., Burns, J., Miller, L., & Shaw, I. Economic status and acknowledgement of earned entitlement. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2015.02.012. ISSN 0167-2681

We present a series of experiments that investigates whether tendencies to acknowledge entitlement owing to effort and productivity are associated with within society economic status. Each participant played a four-person dictator game under one of t... Read More