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Are Self-Made Men Made Equally? An Experimental Test of Impartial Redistribution and Perceptions of Self-Determination


David Chavanne


Connecticut College

Kevin A. McCabe


George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University School of Law

Maria Pia Paganelli


Trinity University

June 11, 2014


Abstract:     
The experiment presented here provides evidence that, in the presence of first possession and inequality, the degree to which a third-party re-distributor honors preexisting entitlements is bounded. Using a third-party redistributive task, the design examines how impartial decision makers redistribute the income of an advantaged stakeholder to a disadvantaged stakeholder. The results show that redistribution significantly decreases when entitlements to income are legitimized either by having an endowed stakeholder earn the right to his advantageous position or by having him earn his income. When both rights and income are earned, however, redistribution does not decrease further.

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Keywords: distributive justice, redistribution, redistributive preferences, impartiality, other people's money, entitlements

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Date posted: October 18, 2014  

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Chavanne, David and McCabe, Kevin A. and Paganelli, Maria Pia, Are Self-Made Men Made Equally? An Experimental Test of Impartial Redistribution and Perceptions of Self-Determination (June 11, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1534934 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1534934

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David Chavanne (Contact Author)
Connecticut College ( email )
270 Mohegan Ave
New London, CT 06320
United States
6177979986 (Phone)
Kevin A. McCabe
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
George Mason University School of Law ( email )
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
United States
Maria Pia Paganelli
Trinity University ( email )
Dept. of Economics
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
United States
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