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Rational altruism? On preference estimation and dictator game experiments


Grech, Philip D; Nax, Heinrich H (2020). Rational altruism? On preference estimation and dictator game experiments. Games and Economic Behavior, 119:309-338.

Abstract

Experimental implementations of dictator games are found to differ in terms of their underlying strategic incentives. We explore this discovery in two separate directions. Theoretically, assuming identical other-regarding preferences, we show that the two most widely used protocols can generate strongly contrasting rational-choice predictions, from which different interpretations of dictator giving arise. Experimentally, a tailor-made experiment reveals significant differences between the two protocols but rejects full rationality as a satisfactory explanatory theory. Our findings indicate that several previously drawn conclusions regarding other-regarding preferences among humans distinguished by social class, gender, generation, nationality, etc. may be more ambiguous than hitherto believed.

Abstract

Experimental implementations of dictator games are found to differ in terms of their underlying strategic incentives. We explore this discovery in two separate directions. Theoretically, assuming identical other-regarding preferences, we show that the two most widely used protocols can generate strongly contrasting rational-choice predictions, from which different interpretations of dictator giving arise. Experimentally, a tailor-made experiment reveals significant differences between the two protocols but rejects full rationality as a satisfactory explanatory theory. Our findings indicate that several previously drawn conclusions regarding other-regarding preferences among humans distinguished by social class, gender, generation, nationality, etc. may be more ambiguous than hitherto believed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Finance
Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Altruism, Charitable giving, Dictator games, CES utility functions, Distributional preferences, Social preferences, Experimental economics, Foundations
Language:English
Date:1 January 2020
Deposited On:10 Nov 2020 17:22
Last Modified:11 Nov 2020 21:01
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0899-8256
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geb.2019.10.004
Project Information:
  • : FunderFP7
  • : Grant ID324247
  • : Project TitleMOMENTUM - Modeling the Emergence of Social Complexity and Order: How Individual and Societal Complexity Co-Evolve

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