Shared Self-Determined Experience and Third-Party Redistribution: A Laboratory Experiment
46 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2010 Last revised: 2 Jul 2016
Date Written: 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.
Keywords: third parties, bias, experience, judgment
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