Fairness is Intuitive

36 Pages Posted: 7 May 2014

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Alexander W. Cappelen

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Ulrik Nielsen

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

Bertil Tungodden

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics

Jean-Robert Tyran

University of Vienna; University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Erik Wengström

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

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Date Written: April 2, 2014

Abstract

In this paper we provide new evidence showing that fair behavior is intuitive to most people. We find a strong association between a short response time and fair behavior in the dictator game. This association is robust to controls that take account of the fact that response time might be affected by the decision-maker's cognitive ability and swiftness. The experiment was conducted with a large and heterogeneous sample recruited from the general population in Denmark. We find a striking similarity in the association between response time and fair behavior across groups in the society, which suggests that the predisposition to act fairly is a general human trait.

Keywords: Response Time; Dictator Game; Experiment; Fairness

JEL Classification: C90; D03; D60

Suggested Citation

Cappelen, Alexander W. and Nielsen, Ulrik and Tungodden, Bertil and Tyran, Jean-Robert and Wengström, Erik, Fairness is Intuitive (April 2, 2014). NHH Dept. of Economics Discussion Paper No. 09/2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2432922 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2432922

Alexander W. Cappelen

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics ( email )

Helleveien 30
N-5035 Bergen
Norway

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Ulrik Nielsen

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

Øster Farimagsgade 5
Bygning 26
1353 Copenhagen K.
Denmark

Bertil Tungodden (Contact Author)

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics ( email )

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N-5035 Bergen
Norway

Jean-Robert Tyran

University of Vienna ( email )

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Austria

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University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

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Bygning 26
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Denmark
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Erik Wengström

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

Øster Farimagsgade 5
Bygning 26
1353 Copenhagen K.
Denmark

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.ku.dk/wengstrom

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