The role of personal involvement and responsibility in unfair outcomes: a classroom investigation

Branas-Garza, Pablo and Durán, Miguel A. and Espinosa, María Paz (2009) The role of personal involvement and responsibility in unfair outcomes: a classroom investigation. Rationality and Society, 21 (2). pp. 225-248. ISSN 1043-4631

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Abstract

This paper explores newmotivations behind giving. Specifically, it focuses on personal involvement and responsibility to explain why decision makers give positive amounts in dictatorial decisions. The experiment is designed to uncover these motivations. Subjects face the problem of a dictator’s allocation of an indivisible amount to one of two players; indivisibility creates an extremely unequal outcome and the dictator is given a chance to correct this outcome at a cost. The willingness to pay to correct the outcome is examined under different scenarios so that we learn about several features concerning preferences.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Fairness, dictator game, moral cost
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 10447
Depositing User: Pablo Branas Garza
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2013 06:31
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2018 13:50
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10447

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