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Self-serving biases: Evidence from a simulated labor relationship

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  • Gary Charness
  • Ernan Haruvy

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Previous studies have found evidence of a self-serving bias in bargaining and dispute resolution. We use experimental data to test for this effect in a simulated labor relatonship. We find a consistent discrepancy between employer beliefs and employee actions that can only be attributed to self-serving biases. This discrepancy is evident through stated beliefs, revealed satisfaction, and actual actions. We present evidence and discuss implications.

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  • Gary Charness & Ernan Haruvy, 1999. "Self-serving biases: Evidence from a simulated labor relationship," Economics Working Papers 370, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
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    Keywords

    Experiment; fairness; labor relations; self-serving bias; Leex;

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    • C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General

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