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Does Fairness Prevent Market Clearing? An Experimental Investigation

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  • Georg Kirchsteiger
  • Ernst Fehr
  • Arno Riedl

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This paper reports the results of an experiment that was designed to test the impact of fairness on market prices. Prices were determined in a one-sided oral auction, with buyers as pricemakers. Upon acceptance of an offer, sellers determined the quality of the good. Buyers offered prices that were substantially above the market-clearing level and expected sellers to respond with high quality levels. This expectation was, on average, confirmed by the behavior of sellers. These results provide, therefore, experimental support for the fair wage-effort theory of involuntary unemployment. Copyright 1993, the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series ULB Institutional Repository with number 2013/5927.

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Date of creation: May 1993
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Publication status: Published in: The Quarterly Journal of Economics (1993) v.108 n° 2,p.437-459
Handle: RePEc:ulb:ulbeco:2013/5927

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