In-group favouritism and out-group discimination in naturally occurring groups
We study in-group favouritism and out-group discrimination in a multiplayer dictator game.� An allocator divides a large sum of money among three groups of 20 recipients each and Self.� Allocations to groups are divided equally among the group members.� The three groups are supporters of the two rival political movements in Thailand (“yellow shirts” versus “red shirts”) and political neutral subjects.� A control treatment with artificial groups (“group A”, “group B”, and “non-affiliated”) is also conducted.� We find that allocators strongly favour their own group and discriminate against supporters of the rival party.� Despite a strong anti-corruption stance of the yellow-shirt movement members of both political groups are indistinguishable in both favouritism and discrimination.� Allocators tend to be rather selfish: on average 45% of the pie is given to Self, despite the large number of recipients.
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