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The influences of social context on the measurement of distributional preferences


Greiff, Matthias; Ackermann, Kurt A; Murphy, Ryan O (2016). The influences of social context on the measurement of distributional preferences. Working paper series / Department of Economics 224, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Different social contexts have been used when measuring distributional preferences. This could be problematic as contextual variance may inadvertently muddle the measurement process. We use a within-subjects design and measure distributional preferences in resource allocation tasks with role certainty, role uncertainty, decomposed games, and matrix games. Results show that, at the aggregate level, role uncertainty and decomposed games lead to higher degrees of prosociality when compared to role certainty. At the individual level, we observe considerable differences in behavior across the social contexts, indicating that the majority of people are sensitive to these different social settings but respond in different ways.

Abstract

Different social contexts have been used when measuring distributional preferences. This could be problematic as contextual variance may inadvertently muddle the measurement process. We use a within-subjects design and measure distributional preferences in resource allocation tasks with role certainty, role uncertainty, decomposed games, and matrix games. Results show that, at the aggregate level, role uncertainty and decomposed games lead to higher degrees of prosociality when compared to role certainty. At the individual level, we observe considerable differences in behavior across the social contexts, indicating that the majority of people are sensitive to these different social settings but respond in different ways.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:C91, D03, D64
Uncontrolled Keywords:Distributional preferences, social preferences, other regarding preferences, Social Value Orientation (SVO), measurement methods, individual differences
Language:English
Date:April 2016
Deposited On:06 Apr 2016 10:31
Last Modified:07 Apr 2017 03:44
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:25
ISSN:1664-7041
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/wp/econwp224.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/workingpapers-new.php

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