A Reproduction and Replication of Engel's Meta-Study of Dictator Game Experiments

51 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2012

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Le Zhang

Macquarie University - Macquarie Graduate School of Management; Macquarie University, Faculty of Business and Economics

Andreas Ortmann

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics

Date Written: November 4, 2012

Abstract

In this paper, we reproduce Engel’s (2011) meta-study of dictator game experiments using his data, and then replicate it using our own data. We find that Engel’s (2011) meta-study of dictator game experiments is quite robust. We show that meta-analyses of dictator game experiments depend to an extent on the definition of independent variables and consistent coding of studies. This insight pertains in particular to the take-option, which has produced important questions (Bardsley 2008; List 2007; Guala and Mittone 2010) about the epistemological inferences one can draw from dictator game experiments.

Keywords: dictator game experiments, meta-analysis, meta-regression, reproduction, replication

JEL Classification: C24, C91, D03

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Le and Ortmann, Andreas, A Reproduction and Replication of Engel's Meta-Study of Dictator Game Experiments (November 4, 2012). UNSW Australian School of Business Research Paper No. 2012 ECON 44. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2171064 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2171064

Le Zhang (Contact Author)

Macquarie University - Macquarie Graduate School of Management ( email )

Macquarie University, Faculty of Business and Economics ( email )

Australia

Andreas Ortmann

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics ( email )

High Street
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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