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Accepting zero in the ultimatum game does not reflect selfish preferences

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  • Staffiero, Gianandrea
  • Exadaktylos, Filippos
  • Espín, Antonio M.

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We show that subjects who set their minimum acceptable offer to zero in an ultimatum game are the most generous players in a dictator game. This finding challenges the interpretation of the acceptance of low offers as payoff-maximizing behavior.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 121 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 236-238

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:121:y:2013:i:2:p:236-238

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Keywords: Ultimatum game; Dictator game; Altruism; Selfishness; Other-regarding preferences;

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  1. Pablo Brañas-Garza & Antonio M. Espín & Shoshana Neuman, 2013. "Effects of Religiosity on Social Behaviour: Experimental Evidence From a Representative Sample of Spaniards," Working Papers 2013-07, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.

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