Experimental participants are more likely to follow an arbitrary rule the more of their peers do so as well. The difference between unconditional and conditional rule following is most pronounced for individuals who follow few rules unconditionally.

conditional rule following, deontological motives, conditional cooperation, experiment
Relation of Economics to Social Values (jel A13), Laboratory, Individual Behavior (jel C91), Behavioral Economics; Underlying Principles (jel D03), Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement (jel D63), Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law (jel K42)
Erasmus School of Law

Desmet, P.T.M, & Engel, C.W. (2017). People are Conditional Rule Followers. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/104696