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Cultural differences between Tibetans and ethnic Han Chinese in ultimatum bargaining experiments

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  • Chen, Kang
  • Tang, Fang-Fang

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We compare ultimatum bargaining behaviour between Tibetans in Lhasa and ethnic Han Chinese in Xiamen with a focus on identifying how cultural traits and religious beliefs affect behaviour. A control group in Singapore was used to account for possible non-cultural explanations for the observed behavioural differences. It was found that, compared to Han Chinese, Tibetans are more likely to accept offers in the ultimatum game and that their decisions are unrelated to the actual offer size.

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  • Chen, Kang & Tang, Fang-Fang, 2009. "Cultural differences between Tibetans and ethnic Han Chinese in ultimatum bargaining experiments," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 78-84, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:poleco:v:25:y:2009:i:1:p:78-84
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