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Feelings of Ownership in Dictator Games

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  • Korenok Oleg

    () (Department of Economics, VCU School of Business)

  • Edward L. Millner

    () (Department of Economics, VCU School of Business)

  • Laura Razzolini

    () (Department of Economics, VCU School of Business)

Abstract

This paper determines if differences in feelings of ownership mediate the effect of changing who earns the endowment and the frame of actions on dictatorsÕ generosity. We conduct an experiment with two treatments. The Dictator Earns-Give treatment is designed to induce strong feelings of ownership, while the Recipient Earns-Take treatment induces weak feelings of ownership. We measure feelings of ownership in the two treatments. As expected, dictators report stronger feelings of ownership in the first treatment and these feelings mediate the dictatorÕs generosity. Moving from the Recipient Earns-Take treatment to the Dictator Earns-Give treatment indirectly reduces the payoff to the recipient by increasing the dictatorsÕ feelings of ownership.

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  • Korenok Oleg & Edward L. Millner & Laura Razzolini, 2017. "Feelings of Ownership in Dictator Games," Working Papers 1704, VCU School of Business, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    dictator game; feelings of ownership; altruism;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles

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