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Exploiting moral wiggle room: Illusory preference for fairness? A comment

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  • Tara Larson
  • C. Monica Capra

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We designed an experiment to test the robustness of Dana, Weber, and Kuang's (DWK), 2007 results. DWK observed that, when participants were given a ``costless'' way --- the click of a button --- to ignore the consequences of their actions on others' payoffs, they chose to remain ignorant and fair behavior diminished. By implementing a double-blind experiment together with a design that controls for alternative explanations for the observed behavior, we confirmed DWK's findings.

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Article provided by Society for Judgment and Decision Making in its journal Judgment and Decision Making.

Volume (Year): 4 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 (October)
Pages: 467-474

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Handle: RePEc:jdm:journl:v:4:y:2009:i:6:p:467-474

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Keywords: dictator games; experiments; fairness; strategic ignorance.;

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