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Reference point effects in antisocial preferences

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  • Klaus Abbink

    (University of East Anglia)

  • David Masclet

    (University of Rennes 1)

  • Matthijs van Veelen

    (University of Amsterdam)

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We study antisocial preferences in simple money-burning tasks. A decision maker can choose whether or not to reduce another person's payoff at an own cost. We vary across tasks the initial endowment of the decider and the victim. We find that most conventional expectations are refuted: Subjects burn more when inequality is advantageous than when it is disadvantageous. Equitable distributions are particularly prone to destruction. These effects are reversed, however, when the equivalent tasks are framed as creation instead of destruction.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. in its series Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) with number 09-03.

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Keywords: other-regarding behaviour; social preferences; nastiness;

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  1. Kvaløy, Ola & Luzuriaga, Miguel, 2014. "A trust game in loss domain," UiS Working Papers in Economics and Finance 2014/6, University of Stavanger.
  2. Andrew E. Clark & Conchita D'Ambrosio, 2014. "Attitudes to Income Inequality: Experimental and Survey Evidence," PSE Working Papers halshs-00967938, HAL.
  3. Jingnan Chen & Daniel Houser & Natalia Montinari & Marco Piovesan, 2014. "Beware of Popular Kids Bearing Gifts: A Framed Field Experiment," Working Papers 1045, George Mason University, Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science.
  4. Klaus Abbink & David Masclet & Daniel Mirza, 2012. "Inequality and Inter-group Conflicts – Experimental Evidence," Economics Working Paper from Condorcet Center for political Economy at CREM-CNRS 2012-07-ccr, Condorcet Center for political Economy.
  5. Esther Kessler & Maria Ruiz-Martos & David Skuse, 2012. "Destructor Game," Working Papers 2012/11, Economics Department, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón (Spain).

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