The Role of Personal Involvement and Responsibility in Unfair Outcomes: A Classroom Investigation

Rationality and Society, 2009, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 225-248

Posted: 12 Sep 2012

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Pablo Brañas-Garza

Universidad Loyola Andalucia

Miguel A. Duran

University of Malaga (Spain)

Maria Paz Espinosa

BRiDGE

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This paper explores new motivations behind giving. Specifically, it focuses on personal involvement and responsibility to explain why decision makers give positive amounts in dictatorial decisions. The experiment is designed to uncover these motivations. Subjects face the problem of a dictator’s allocation of an indivisible amount to one of two players; indivisibility creates an extremely unequal outcome and the dictator is given a chance to correct this outcome at a cost. The willingness to pay to correct the outcome is examined under different scenarios so that we learn about several features concerning preferences.

Keywords: Fairness, Dictator game, Moral cost

Suggested Citation

Brañas-Garza, Pablo and Duran, Miguel A. and Espinosa Alejos, Maria Paz, The Role of Personal Involvement and Responsibility in Unfair Outcomes: A Classroom Investigation (2009). Rationality and Society, 2009, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 225-248, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1547209

Pablo Brañas-Garza

Universidad Loyola Andalucia ( email )

c/ Escritor Castilla Aguayo
Córdoba, 14004
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/pablobranasgarza/home

Miguel A. Duran (Contact Author)

University of Malaga (Spain) ( email )

Dpt. Teoria e Historia Economica
Fac. Economicas. Campus de El Ejido
Malaga, 29013
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://webpersonal.uma.es/~maduran/portada.htm

Maria Paz Espinosa Alejos

BRiDGE ( email )

Avda. Lehendakari Aguirre 83
Bilbao, Vizcaya 48015 48015
Spain

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