What is the kickback effects of unequal sentencing?
The Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS) recently published the results of an experimental study of the rebound effects of using unequal punishment. Under what circumstances can penalties have unintended backfire effects?
It is a report by Christoph Kogler and Marcel Zeelenberg of Tilburg University, Jerome Olsen of the Max Planck Institute, University of Bonn, and Magda Osman of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. The views expressed in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Office for Product Safety and Standards or the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (nor do they reflect government policy).
The effects of financial incentives and penalties are highlighted through varying factors in relevant situations.
The report can be read [here]