Shared Self-Determined Experience and Third-Party Redistribution: A Laboratory Experiment
Connecticut College - Economics Department
Kevin A. McCabe
George Mason University - Department of Economics; Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Maria Pia Paganelli
June 14, 2016
Using a three-player dictator-game experiment, we find that similar performance during a shared self-determined experience causes a redistributor to privilege the stakeholder who performed similarly. Sharing a self-determined experience, however, is not, in itself, sufficient to influence redistributive preferences. We generate the shared self-determined experience by varying whether a third-party decision maker and a stakeholder acquire money through an effortful activity or through random selection of a ticket. Our results have implications for how redistributive preferences are affected by perceptions of one’s own self-determination and by social connectedness based on perceived similarities.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 46
Keywords: third parties, bias, experience, judgment
Date posted: January 12, 2010 ; Last revised: July 2, 2016
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