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A reproduction and replication of Engel’s meta-study of dictator game experiments

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  • Le Zhang

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    (University of New South Wales)

  • Andreas Ortmann

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    (University of New South Wales)

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In this paper, we reproduce Engel’s (2011) meta-study of dictator game experiments using his data, and then replicate it using our own data. We find that Engel’s (2011) meta-study of dictator game experiments is quite robust. We show that meta-analyses of dictator game experiments depend to an extent on the definition of independent variables and consistent coding of studies. This insight pertains in particular to the take-option, which has produced important questions (Bardsley 2008; List 2007; Guala and Mittone 2010) about the epistemological inferences one can draw from dictator game experiments.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, The University of New South Wales in its series Discussion Papers with number 2012-44.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2012
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Handle: RePEc:swe:wpaper:2012-44

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Keywords: dictator game experiments; meta-analysis; meta-regression; reproduction; replication;

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  1. Le Zhang & Andreas Ortmann, 2012. "On the Interpretation of Giving, Taking, and Destruction in Dictator Games and Joy-of-Destruction Games," Discussion Papers 2012-50, School of Economics, The University of New South Wales.

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