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Behavioral Equity

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  • Yuval Feldman
  • Henry E. Smith
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    The paper uses the findings of psychology, behavioral economics, and behavioral ethics to revisit three main related assumptions of the rational-choice approach to equity, by developing three main points: first, not only bad people try to circumvent the law; second, behavior depends on the relationship between specificity, trust, and the type of motivation triggered; and, third, moral priming has different effects on good and on bad people. Based on these three modifications of rational-choice assumptions about the law-versus-equity distinction, we offer a dynamic acoustic separation model that attempts to examine the effect of law versus equity on both good and bad people.

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    Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

    Volume (Year): 170 (2014)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 137-159

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    Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(201403)170:1_137:be_2.0.tx_2-c

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