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The role of personal involvement and responsibility in dictatorial allocations: a classroom investigation

  • Pablo Brañas-Garza

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    (Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada)

  • Miguel Angel Durán

    (Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada)

  • María Paz Espinosa

    (Universidad del País Vasco)

This paper explores new motivations behind giving. Specifically, it focuses on personal involvement and responsibility to explain why decision makers give positive amounts in dictatorial decisons. The experiment is designed to uncover these motivations. Subjects face the problem of a dictator's allocation of an indivisible pie P to one of two players; indivisibility creates an extremely unequal outcome and the dictator is given a chance to correct this outcome at a cost. The willingness to pay to correct the outcome is examined under different scenarios so that we learn about several features concerning preferences.

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Paper provided by Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada. in its series ThE Papers with number 05/21.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 17 Oct 2005
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Handle: RePEc:gra:wpaper:05/21
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