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Self-interest, sympathy and the origin of endowments

  • Cherry, Todd L.
  • Shogren, Jason F.

We explore whether the recent laboratory findings that suggest the origin of endowment matters in simple bargaining games are actually due to contextual shifts of relative effort and deservingness. Results support previous findings of endowment origin yielding more self-interested behavior.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 101 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 69-72

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