Somebody May Scold You! A Dictator Experiment
AbstractIn this contribution, we investigate the effects of observation-only and observation with feedback from a third-party in a one-shot dictator game (DG). In addition to a baseline condition (DG), a third-party anonymous subject was introduced who either silently observed or observed and got to give feedback by choosing one of seven messages consisting of varying degree of (dis)satisfaction. We found that observation coupled with feedback increased significantly dictators‟ propositions, while no significant effect is found for observation-only. We conclude that regard by others matters only if it linked to social factors such as communication. This complements the literature arguing that altruistic behavior is instrumental in serving other selfish (or non-purely altruistic) ends such as self-reputation or social approval.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by GREDEG CNRS, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis in its series GREDEG Working Papers with number 2012-04.
Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2012
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dictator game; observation; feedback; ex-ante effect; ex-post effect;
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- C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
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