Great Expectations or Wishful Thinking? Ethnicity in a Reverse Dictator Game in Bosnia

24 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2010 Last revised: 26 Aug 2014

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Sam Whitt

High Point University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: March 10, 2010

Abstract

This study considers prospects for the revitalization of social norms after ethnic conflict in the case of post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina. Between September 2003 and January 2004, a total of 681 subjects took part in a survey and a series of behavioral decision-making experiments across Bosnia. Using variations on the classic dictator game, the study shows how perceptions of a norm of fairness are impacted by ethnic treatments. Contrary to assumptions of ethnic polarization and hatred, the study reveals the persistence of a norm of fairness across ethnicity in Bosnia and points to the utility of experimental methods in the study of ethnic conflict.

Keywords: Dictator Game, Bosnia, Ethnicity, Fairness

Suggested Citation

Whitt, Sam, Great Expectations or Wishful Thinking? Ethnicity in a Reverse Dictator Game in Bosnia (March 10, 2010). Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1580292

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High Point University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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