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The Ostrich and its Conscience: Information in Dictator and Impunity Games

This paper studies the role of information in dictator and impunity games. We experiment with four settings: i) a standard dictator game; ii) a dictator game where the surplus size is stochastic, with a probability of being a big or small pie, and the actual size is unobservable to the responder; iii) an impunity game where responders can reject offers . proposers learn their responder fs action but this action does not affect a proposer fs payoff, and; iv) an impunity game where proposers will never learn their responder fs choice. In the dictator game with incomplete information, we observe that many proposers with big pies make offers as if they make generous offer, but had only a small pie to split. In the impunity game, proposers tend to make extreme offers of either nothing or half the pie. In the impunity game with incomplete information, gratuitous offers (0

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Paper provided by Hanseatic University, Germany, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 009.

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Length: 2 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2008
Handle: RePEc:phu:wpaper:009
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