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Anyone up for helping the Fisherman's wife? More solidarity with accidental misery than with man-made misery

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  • Björn Frank

    () (University of Kassel)

  • Sha Li

    (University of Kassel)

  • Heike Minich

    (University of Kassel)

  • Nina Muraro

    (University of Kassel)

  • Marco de Pinto

    (University of Kassel)

  • Christoph Sänger

    (University of Göttingen)

  • Stephan Meisenzahl

    (Philipps-University Marburg)

  • Duncan Roth

    (Philipps-University Marburg)

  • Nils Saniter

    (University of Marburg)

Abstract

We examine the willingness to donate depending on whether “misery” is random generated or self-inflicted by too high demands in bilateral negotiations. We find that randomness has a positive influence on the total amount of donation. In case of self-inflicted “misery” we observe that the subject who may have caused the unfavourable situation receives significantly less than the perceived innocent subject.

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  • Björn Frank & Sha Li & Heike Minich & Nina Muraro & Marco de Pinto & Christoph Sänger & Stephan Meisenzahl & Duncan Roth & Nils Saniter, 2009. "Anyone up for helping the Fisherman's wife? More solidarity with accidental misery than with man-made misery," MAGKS Papers on Economics 200930, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
  • Handle: RePEc:mar:magkse:200930
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    Keywords

    altruism; bargaining experiment;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers

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