Personal identity: a theoretical and experimental analysis
Aguiar, Fernando and Branas-Garza, Pablo and Espinosa, María Paz and Miller, Luis M. (2010) Personal identity: a theoretical and experimental analysis. Journal of Economic Methodology, 17 (3). pp. 261-275. ISSN 1350-178X
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This paper aims to analize the role of personal identity in altruism. To this end, it starts by reviewing critically the growing literature on economics and identity. Con-
sidering the ambiguities that the concept of social identity poses, our proposal focuses on the concept of personal identity. A formal model to study how personal identity enters in individuals' utility function when facing a Dictator Game decision is then presented. Finally, this `identity-based' utility function is studied experimentally. The experiment allows us to study the main parameters of the model, suggesting that we
should move with caution when attributing identities to individuals.
|Keywords (uncontrolled):||Personal identity; dictator game; game theory; experiments|
|Research Areas:||A. > Business School > Economics
A. > Business School > Economics > Behavioural Economics group
|Depositing User:||Pablo Branas Garza|
|Date Deposited:||01 Apr 2013 07:48|
|Last Modified:||13 Oct 2016 14:26|
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