Do future bureaucrats punish more? The Effect of PSM and studying Public Administration on Contributions and Punishment in a Public Goods Game, International Public Management Journal (forthcoming), with Markus Tepe
This study tests the effect of PSM and studying public administration on subjects’ behavior in a repeated Public Goods Game with a costly option to punish free riders. Conducting the experiment on 136 students from three subject pools (public administration, social science and business science) shows the following: (1) PSM has a twofold effect, as compassion is associated with higher contributions and attraction to policy making is associated with punishing free riders. (2) Students of public administration do not contribute more than the other two student groups, but they are more likely to punish free riders. (3) Both, attraction to policy making and studying public administration, are associated with more severe behavior towards free riding, as these subjects punish even small amounts of free riding. Due to its implications for policy-implementation, it seems to be worthwhile to pay more attention to preferences of social norm enforcement when selecting public personnel.
I present a preliminary version of the study “On the Support for Equal Employment Opportunity Policies: The Effect of PSM, Political Attitudes, and Public Sector Work” (together with Michael Jankowski and Markus Tepe) which addresses the questions what drives attitudes towards EEO policies and which mechanisms lead to perceiving a trade-off between EEO policies and migrant-representation.
Thanks for organizing the PhD-Seminar “Hard questions about Public Service Motivation” to Gene A. Brewer, Adrian Ritz, and Wouter Vandenabeele and for the valuable discussions to all participants of this workshop.
I presented a preliminary version of the study “Who wants to jeopardize the merit principle? Evidence from an Issue Framing Experiment among Citizens and Future Bureaucrats” (together with Michael Jankowski and Markus Tepe) which addresses the question whether critics of Equal Employment Opportunity policies are correct by stating that supporters of these policies are willing to give up the merit principle in public hiring. We find a relationship between right-wing poltical attitudes and overemphasizing support for the merit principle when potential migrant discrimination is taken into account. The findings count for civic respondents as well as respondents with a public administration background.
Thanks to Gregg Van Ryzin and Sebastian Jilke from the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University Newark/New Jersey,
USA, for inviting me to present recent work and to all participants for their fruitful comments on the paper.
Presenting joint work with Michael Jankowski and Markus Tepe titled “Discrimination in Public Hiring? Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment among Citizens and Future Bureaucrats” on the annual conference of the European Consortium of Political Research in Hamburg from 22.-25. August 2018.
Presenting joint work with Michael Jankowski and Markus Tepe titled “Discrimination in Public Hiring? Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment among Citizens and Future Bureaucrats” on the annual conference of the Political Studies Association in Cardiff/Wales from 26.-28. March 2018.
Out now: Experiments in Public Administration Research: Challenges and Contributions, edited by Oliver James, Sebastian Jilke, and Gregg Van Ryzin. Together with Markus Tepe I contributed the chapter “Laboratory Experiments: Their Potential for Public Management Research”
Presenting joint work with Markus Tepe titled “Advocating the public good? Comparing students of Public Administration and Business Science in a public goods game with and without punishment” on the annual conference of the European Political Science Association in Milano/Italy in June 2017.
Presenting joint work with Bernhard Kittel and Markus Tepe titled “What matters most? How the type and length of service provision conditions the effect of public sector employment on PSM” IJHRM Special Issue Seminar Strategic Human Resource Management and Public Sector Performance at the Utrecht University School of Governance/The Netherlands in May 2015.
Presenting the study “Let the bureaucrats decide? Exploring the Relationship between Risk Behavior and Public Service Motivation” (with Markus Tepe) on the IIAS Study Group III : Trust and Public Attitudes, Citizen Attitudes and Behaviors from an Experimental Perspective
Towards an Experimental Public Administration?, in September, 2014 prior to the EGPA annual conference in Speyer, Germany.