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'Hiding behind a small cake' in a newspaper dictator game

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  • Axel Ockenfels
  • Peter Werner

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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' beliefs directly enter the social utility function.

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Paper provided by University of Cologne, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics with number 51.

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Date of creation: 25 Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:kls:series:0051

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Keywords: dictator game; psychological games; incomplete information; newspaper experiment;

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  1. Björn Bartling & Florian Engl & Roberto A. Weber, 2013. "Does Willful Ignorance Deflect Punishment? - An Experimental Study," CESifo Working Paper Series 4316, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Ockenfels, Axel & Werner, Peter, 2014. "Scale manipulation in dictator games," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 97(C), pages 138-142.

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