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The Effect of Group Identity on Distributive Choice: Social Preference or Heuristic?

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  • Francesco GUALA

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  • Antonio FILIPPIN

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Group identity can influence significantly people’s attitudes toward monetary allocations. In this paper we reassess the representation of group identity using social preference models. First, we show that the influence of group identity varies unsystematically across different types of mini-dictator’s games and cannot be described using a well-behaved preference function. Second, we demonstrate that the effect is not robust to slightly increasing the complexity of the task, suggesting that group identity is a framing effect that can be easily displaced by alternative decision heuristics.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 2013-19.

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Date of creation: 18 Nov 2013
Handle: RePEc:mil:wpdepa:2013-19
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