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Journal Articles Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance Year : 2022

Robbing a robber is not robbing


Do outside observers judge differently an identical act of robbery if the victim is known as a robber rather than an honest individual? Popular wisdom, as magnified in several proverbs, suggests that most people do. We examine such a tenet using an experimental survey in Algeria (North-Africa). We also examine whether a differentiated moral judgement holds for two occupations tarnished with the reputation of robbing consumers, namely bankers and customs officials. Our findings support the proverb that ‘robbing a robber is not robbing’ and even its extension to custom officials. However, robbing a banker has not been found to be significantly different from robbing an honest individual. We draw several business and policy implications.
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hal-03145819 , version 1 (12-09-2023)


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Hind Dib-Slamani, Gilles Grolleau, Naoufel Mzoughi. Robbing a robber is not robbing. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 2022, 85, pp.1-7. ⟨10.1016/j.qref.2020.10.018⟩. ⟨hal-03145819⟩
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