The Effect of Group Identity on Distributive Choice: Social Preference or Heuristic?

22 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2017

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Francesco Guala

Università degli Studi di Milano - Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods

Antonio Filippin

Università degli Studi di Milano; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

Group identity can influence significantly people's attitudes towards monetary allocations. In this article, we reassess the representation of group identity using social preference models. First, we show that the influence of group identity varies unsystematically across different types of mini‐dictator games and cannot be described using a well‐behaved preference function. Second, we demonstrate that the effect is not robust to slightly increasing the complexity of the task, suggesting that group identity is a framing effect that can be easily displaced by alternative decision heuristics.

Suggested Citation

Guala, Francesco and Filippin, Antonio, The Effect of Group Identity on Distributive Choice: Social Preference or Heuristic? (June 2017). The Economic Journal, Vol. 127, Issue 602, pp. 1047-1068, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2984334 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12311

Francesco Guala (Contact Author)

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Antonio Filippin

Università degli Studi di Milano ( email )

Milan, 20122
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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