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Are Victims Truly Worse Off in the Presence of Bystanders? Revisiting the Bystander Effect

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Are Victims Truly Worse Off in the Presence of Bystanders? Revisiting the Bystander Effect. / Fromell, Hanna; Nosenzo, Daniele; Owens, Trudy; Tufano, Fabio.

In: Revue Economique, Vol. 70, No. 6, 2019, p. 927-943.

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Fromell, Hanna ; Nosenzo, Daniele ; Owens, Trudy ; Tufano, Fabio. / Are Victims Truly Worse Off in the Presence of Bystanders? Revisiting the Bystander Effect. In: Revue Economique. 2019 ; Vol. 70, No. 6. pp. 927-943.

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