Anyone Up for Helping the Fisherman's Wife? More Solidarity with Accidental Misery than with Man-Made Misery
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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Volume (Year): 131 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
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