Of Altruists and Thieves
Brian T. Kench
University of Tampa - John H. Sykes College of Business
University of New Hampshire - Department of Economics
Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 36, Issue 3, pp. 317-343, 2010
We replicate List's  baseline dictator game (DG) with subjects earning their endowment, evaluate the effect of decreasing the stakes of the DG, conduct a DG in which taking is the only option, measure dictators’ ex post perceptions, and impose a social distance framing effect. Dictator behavior is influenced when they earn their endowment and when the stakes of the game are changed, but not when a social distance framing effect is imposed. Our results suggest that dictators have been nudged into demonstrating altruistic tendencies in the standard DG, just as our taking treatment has nudged dictators to become thieves.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 6, 2010
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