Perceptions and Realities: Kantians, Utilitarians and Actual Moral Decisions

Last registered on May 18, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Perceptions and Realities: Kantians, Utilitarians and Actual Moral Decisions
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007714
Initial registration date
June 28, 2021

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
June 29, 2021, 2:22 PM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Last updated
May 18, 2022, 4:40 PM EDT

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of Bonn

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
briq – Institute on Behavior & Inequality and University of Bonn
PI Affiliation
Princeton University

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2021-06-30
End date
2022-10-31
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
This project concerns moral behavior and how observed choices relate to moral orientation. We study experimentally situations where the two most influential moral theories, consequentialism and deontological ethics, distinguish themselves sharply on their directives regarding the morally right action. By observing behavior in the different situations, we investigate how choices vary between the different situations, as well as how behavior in these situations relates to general economic preferences and judgment obtained from hypothetical questionnaires.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Bénabou, Roland, Armin Falk and Luca Henkel. 2022. "Perceptions and Realities: Kantians, Utilitarians and Actual Moral Decisions." AEA RCT Registry. May 18. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7714
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-06-30
Intervention End Date
2022-10-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Choices of subjects in various decision situations. See the attached PDF document for details.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The experiment consists of two sessions in which subjects are confronted with (1) a set of distinct decision situations, (2) games measuring standard economic preferences, and (3) questionnaires. See the attached PDF document for details.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Computer-based.
Randomization Unit
Individual randomization
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
n/a
Sample size: planned number of observations
600
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
300
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Supporting Documents and Materials

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IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Princeton University Research Integrity and Assurance
IRB Approval Date
2020-06-15
IRB Approval Number
12513