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Anyone Up for Helping the Fisherman's Wife? More Solidarity with Accidental Misery than with Man-Made Misery

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  • Björn Frank
  • Sha Li
  • Stephan Meisenzahl
  • Heike Minich
  • Nina Muraro
  • Marco de Pinto
  • Duncan Roth
  • Christoph Saenger
  • Nils Saniter

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We experimentally examine the willingness to donate depending on whether “misery” has been randomly generated or self-inflicted by too high demands in bilateral negotiations. We find that randomness has a positive influence on the total amount of the donation. In the case of self-inflicted “misery”, we observe that the subject who may be perceived to have caused the unfavourable situation receives significantly less than the supposedly innocent subject.

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Article provided by Duncker & Humblot, Berlin in its journal Schmollers Jahrbuch.

Volume (Year): 131 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 569-580

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