Experimental Evidence on Other-Regarding Preferences: Dictators Give to Help the Less Fortunate
AbstractIn the typical dictator game, the majority of dictators choose to pass at least a portion of their endowment to recipients who are given no endowment. We modify the dictator game by giving the recipient an endowment. We then measure the impact of varying the recipient’s endowment on the amount passed by the dictator. As the recipient’s endowment increases, the majority of dictators decrease the amount passed and pass nothing when endowments are equalized. We conclude that in the typical dictator game most dictators pass because they care about the recipients who are given no endowments.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by VCU School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0807.
Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2008
Date of revision: Aug 2009
Dictator game; Other-regarding preferences; Altruism;
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- C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
- D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
- D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy
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- NEP-ALL-2008-10-28 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2008-10-28 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2008-10-28 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-UPT-2008-10-28 (Utility Models & Prospect Theory)
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