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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
  • Sha Li
  • Stephan Meisenzahl
  • Heike Minich
  • Nina Muraro
  • Marco de Pinto
  • Duncan Roth
  • Christoph Saenger
  • Nils Saniter

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

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  • Björn Frank & Sha Li & Stephan Meisenzahl & Heike Minich & Nina Muraro & Marco de Pinto & Duncan Roth & Christoph Saenger & Nils Saniter, 2011. "Anyone Up for Helping the Fisherman's Wife? More Solidarity with Accidental Misery than with Man-Made Misery," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 131(4), pages 569-580.
  • Handle: RePEc:aeq:aeqsjb:v131_y2011_i4_q4_p569-580
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    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers

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