Personal identity: a theoretical and experimental analysis

Aguiar, Fernando, Branas-Garza, Pablo, 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 [Article] (doi:10.1080/13501781003792670)


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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Personal identity; dictator game; game theory; experiments
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 10250
Depositing User: Pablo Branas Garza
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2013 07:48
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2018 13:42

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