Altruism in Anonymous Dictator Games
Catherine C. Eckel
Texas A&M University
Philip J. Grossman
Games and Economic Behavior, Vol. 16, p. 181, 1996
We conduct double-anonymous dictator experiments to explore the role of altruism in motivating subjects’ behavior. We vary the extent to which an anonymous recipient is deserving of aid and investigate its effect on the allocation of a ﬁxed pie by student subjects. This is accomplished by including as treatments: (1) an anonymous student subject and (2) an established charity. We ﬁnd that a signiﬁcant increase in donations occurs when we increase the extent to which a donation goes to a recipient generally agreed to be “deserving.” We conclude that subjects are rational in the way they incorporate fairness into their decisions.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 11
JEL Classification: A13, C91, D64Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 11, 2011
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