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Anyone up for helping the Fisherman's wife? More solidarity with accidental misery than with man-made misery

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  • Björn Frank

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    (University of Kassel)

  • Sha Li

    (University of Kassel)

  • Heike Minich

    (University of Kassel)

  • Nina Muraro

    (University of Kassel)

  • Marco de Pinto

    (University of Kassel)

  • Christoph Sänger

    (University of Göttingen)

  • Stephan Meisenzahl

    (Philipps-University Marburg)

  • Duncan Roth

    (Philipps-University Marburg)

  • Nils Saniter

    (University of Marburg)

Abstract

We examine the willingness to donate depending on whether “misery” is random generated or self-inflicted by too high demands in bilateral negotiations. We find that randomness has a positive influence on the total amount of donation. In case of self-inflicted “misery” we observe that the subject who may have caused the unfavourable situation receives significantly less than the perceived innocent subject.

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Paper provided by Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung) in its series MAGKS Papers on Economics with number 200930.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:mar:magkse:200930

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