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‘Hiding behind a small cake’ in a newspaper dictator game

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  • Ockenfels, Axel
  • Werner, Peter

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We conduct an Internet dictator game experiment in collaboration with the popular German Sunday paper “Welt am Sonntag”, employing a wider and more representative subject pool than standard laboratory experiments. Recipients either knew or did not know the size of the cake distributed by the dictator. We find that, in case of incomplete information, some dictators ‘hide behind the small cake’, supporting the notion that some agents’ second-order beliefs directly enter the social utility function.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Volume (Year): 82 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 82-85

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:82:y:2012:i:1:p:82-85

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Keywords: Dictator game; Psychological games; Incomplete information; Newspaper experiment;

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  1. Ockenfels, Axel & Werner, Peter, 2014. "Scale manipulation in dictator games," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 97(C), pages 138-142.
  2. Björn Bartling & Florian Engl & Roberto A. Weber, 2013. "Does willful ignorance deflect punishment? – An experimental study," ECON - Working Papers 125, Department of Economics - University of Zurich.

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