Shared Self-Determined Experience and Third-Party Redistribution: A Laboratory Experiment

46 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2010 Last revised: 2 Jul 2016

David Chavanne

Connecticut College - Economics Department

Kevin A. McCabe

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Maria Pia Paganelli

Trinity University

Date Written: June 14, 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Chavanne, David and McCabe, Kevin A. and Paganelli, Maria Pia, Shared Self-Determined Experience and Third-Party Redistribution: A Laboratory Experiment (June 14, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1534942 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1534942

David Chavanne (Contact Author)

Connecticut College - Economics Department ( email )

New London, CT 06320
United States

Kevin A. McCabe

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty ( 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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