Promises or agreements? Moral commitments in bilateral communication

Giovanni Di Bartolomeo, Martin Dufwenberg, Stefano Papa, Francesco Passarelli

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In a game with pre-play bilateral communication, messages may trigger moral incentives to honor promises or agreements. We hypothesize that individuals’ inclination to keep a promise is highest if the counterpart requited the promise. We interpret this as an inclination to honor informal agreements. We report supporting results from an experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number110931
JournalEconomics Letters
StatePublished - Jan 2023


  • Guilt aversion
  • Informal agreements
  • Promise-keeping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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