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Ethical altruism and redistribution: an experimental approach

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  • Luigi Mittone

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The focus of this paper is on altruism and coordination among agents with different income levels. A special form of altruism (ethical altruism) is investigated by means of experiments. The definition of altruism here used takes the hint by the A. Sen�s concept of obligation, i.e. behaviours that produce advantage to someone whose welfare is not important at all for the agent�s wellbeing. In this sense this paper investigate on altruism without reciprocity. A second hypothesis here investigated is that the degree of extent of the ethical altruism is influenced by gender and by income differences within the population.

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  • Luigi Mittone, 2003. "Ethical altruism and redistribution: an experimental approach," CEEL Working Papers 0301, Cognitive and Experimental Economics Laboratory, Department of Economics, University of Trento, Italia.
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    1. Sera Linardi & Nita Rudra, 2015. "Globalization and Redistribution Towards the Poor in Developing Countries: Experimental Evidence from India," Artefactual Field Experiments 00399, The Field Experiments Website.
    2. Luigi Mittone, 2003. "Altruism without reciprocation in children," CEEL Working Papers 0302, Cognitive and Experimental Economics Laboratory, Department of Economics, University of Trento, Italia.

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