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What Ethics Can Learn From Experimental Economics - If Anything

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  • Werner Güth

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    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Strategic Interaction Group)

  • Hartmut Kliemt

    (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management)

Relying on the specific example of ultimatum bargaining experiments this paper explores the possible role of empirical knowledge of behavioural "norm(ative) facts" within the search for an inter-personal (W)RE - (Wide) Reflective Equilibrium on normative issues. Assuming that pro-social behaviour "reveals" ethical orientations, it is argued that these "norm-facts" can and should be used along with stated preferences in justificatory arguments of normative ethics and economics of the "means to given ends" variety.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2008-062.

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