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Do People Care about Social Context? Framing Effects in Dictator Games

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Many previous experiments document that behavior in multi-person settings responds to the name of the game and the labeling of strategies. Usually these studies cannot tell whether frames affect preferences or beliefs. In this Dictator game study, we investigate whether social framing effects are also present when only one of the subjects makes a decision, in which case the frame may only affect preferences. We find that behavior is insensitive to social framing.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 738.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 14 Sep 2011
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0738
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