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On the Relative Strengths of Altruism and Fairness

  • Jonathan Tan

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  • Friedel Bolle

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Some researchers have attributed deviations from selfish behavior to fairness. Violations of fairness theories, however, are observed in experimental dictator games with transfer rates greater than 1 (a transfer of x from the dictator yields an income of tx for the beneficiary, where x > tx): the dictator’s final income is less than the beneficiary’s. We theoretically propose that dictator giving also involves altruism, further supporting our claim with empirical evidence from four separate samples of dictator game experiments. Our nonlinear specification allows the relative measurement of the independent motives in dictator behavior. Copyright Springer 2006

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Volume (Year): 60 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (02)
Pages: 35-67

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