Comment on 'Giving According to GARP: An Experimental Test of the Consistency of Preferences for Altruism'

5 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2021

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Philip Grech

ETH Zürich

Jessica Halten

Yale School of Management

Sven Hoeppner

Ghent University

Heinrich H. Nax

ETH Zürich; University of Zurich

Date Written: July 4, 2020

Abstract

We present clean experimental evidence that a methodological confound was introduced by Andreoni and Miller (2002) that leads to diametrically opposed conclusions regarding comparisons of preferences between categories of fellow human beings distinguished by gender or age. Our study is a warning not to run the Andreoni-Miller tests of the consistency of altruistic preferences on the basis of their ‘interactive’ experimental protocol, and in particular not to perform preference estimations with the purpose of said comparisons. It is more interpretable and controllable to run the traditional, standard dictator game.

Keywords: Confound, Dictator Game, Protocol, Reproduction Plus

JEL Classification: C90

Suggested Citation

Grech, Philip and Halten, Jessica and Hoeppner, Sven and Nax, Heinrich H., Comment on 'Giving According to GARP: An Experimental Test of the Consistency of Preferences for Altruism' (July 4, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3766723 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3766723

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