Loss and Other-Regarding Preferences

21 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2014 Last revised: 6 Mar 2015

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Armenak Antinyan

Wenlan School of Business; Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Date Written: March 1, 2014


In this paper, I study the other-regarding preferences of decision makers in the domain of losses in the dictator game. I find that even after a loss of two-thirds of their endowments allocators are still other-regarding toward their recipients. Furthermore, the more “needy” the recipients are, the more benevolent the allocators become, implying that even in loss scenarios allocators are concerned with the well-being of their counterparts.

Keywords: Dictator Games, Loss, Other-Regarding Preferences

JEL Classification: C90, D63, D64, I30

Suggested Citation

Antinyan, Armenak, Loss and Other-Regarding Preferences (March 1, 2014). Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia Working Paper 3/2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2413022

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