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Social Position and Distributive Justice: Experimental Evidence

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  • Kurtis Swope

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    (Department of Economics, United States Naval Academy)

  • John Cadigan

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    (Department of Public Administration, American University)

  • Pamela Schmitt

    (Department of Economics, United States Naval Academy)

  • Robert S. Shupp

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    (Department of Economics, Ball State University)

Abstract

In a simple double-blind dictator experiment, systematically removing subjects’ levels of power and entitlement increases their choice of an income distribution generally consistent with Rawls (1971) concept of distributive justice, although choices are less unanimous and risk-averse than hypothesized

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Paper provided by Ball State University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 200505.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2005
Date of revision: Jun 2005
Handle: RePEc:bsu:wpaper:200505

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Keywords: Power; entitlement; justice; experiments;

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  1. Harrison, Glenn W & McCabe, Kevin A, 1996. "Expectations and Fairness in a Simple Bargaining Experiment," International Journal of Game Theory, Springer, vol. 25(3), pages 303-27.
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  1. Krupka, Erin L. & Weber, Roberto A., 2008. "Identifying Social Norms Using Coordination Games: Why Does Dictator Game Sharing Vary?," IZA Discussion Papers 3860, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Bolle, Friedel & Liepmann, Hannah & Vogel, Claudia, 2012. "How much social insurance do you want? An experimental study," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 33(6), pages 1170-1181.

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