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Individual social welfare preferences: An experimental study

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  • Hong, Hao
  • Ding, Jianfeng
  • Yao, Yang
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This paper studies individual social welfare preferences when facing a trade-off between equality and efficiency using a modified distribution game in which subjects decide the income of two other subjects under different budgets and different “prices of equality.” We found that over half of the subjects made choices consistent with the generalized axiom of revealed preference. We then estimated individual social welfare preferences and found that the subjects had a wide range of preferences for equality and efficiency, although the majority weakly preferred efficiency over equality.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics).

Volume (Year): 57 (2015)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 89-97

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Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:57:y:2015:i:c:p:89-97
DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2015.05.002
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