CE26 - Innovation, travail

Prosocial behaviour: a tale of two images – SOSELF

Submission summary

Prosocial behavior is driven, not only by formal incentives, but also by image concerns, both self- and social image. While there is a growing literature on the consequences of image concerns on ethical behavior, the interactions between self-and social-image have not been studied yet. In SOSELF, we propose a comprehensive approach to fill this gap. Our project will use a combination of theory, laboratory experiments and empirical methods relying on an interdisciplinary team. We will explore how social and self-image are tied together by a principle of coherence and how their interactions drive behavioral responses to the environment and can explain rapid shits of social norms. Building on these results, we will study the optimal design of one of the main interventions used to promote prosocial behavior: moral reminders. SOSELF can inform policy in a wide range of domains. We will explore in details two of them: fighting the circulation of fake news and understanding the evolutions of corporate culture.

Project coordinator

Monsieur EMERIC HENRY (Département d'économie de Sciences Po)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


AMSE Aix Marseille School of economics
PSE Ecole d'économie de Paris
Département d'économie de Sciences Po
Institut Jean-Nicod

Help of the ANR 355,152 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: June 2022 - 48 Months

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