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Are individuals more generous in loss contexts?

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  • François Cochard

    (Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, CRESE)

  • Alexandre Flage

    (Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, CRESE)

  • Grolleau Gilles

    (University Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Burgundy School of Business)

  • Sutan Angela

    (University Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Burgundy School of Business)

Abstract

Using a loss-framed variant of the dictator game, we investigate how dictators split a loss between themselves and a recipient. In a loss context, we try to disentangle the effects of a more self-oriented preference from that of a higher social responsibility. We find that in the loss context, individuals offer more, and women offer more than men. This could be attributed to a more responsible response to a powerless recipient in a loss context.

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  • François Cochard & Alexandre Flage & Grolleau Gilles & Sutan Angela, 2018. "Are individuals more generous in loss contexts?," Working Papers 2018-02, CRESE.
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    dictator game; loss; loss aversion; own/other-regarding preferences; social responsibility;
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    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles

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