Fair Procedures: Evidence from Games Involving Lotteries

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Gary E. Bolton

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Supply Chain & Information Systems

Jordi Brandts

Instituto de Analisis Economico (CSIC) Barcelona

Axel Ockenfels

University of Cologne - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Abstract

Procedures are the area where fairness arguably has its largest influence on modern societies. The experiments we report provide an initial characterisation of that influence and suggest new interpretations for some well-known results. We find that procedural fairness is conceptually distinct from allocation fairness, although the evidence also indicates that the two are linked in important ways. Post hoc extension of one of the current models of fairness illustrates this link and implies that a deeper understanding of procedural fairness will require investigation of competing fairness norms. John Rawls, (1971)

Suggested Citation

Bolton, Gary Eugene and Brandts, Jordi and Ockenfels, Axel, Fair Procedures: Evidence from Games Involving Lotteries. Economic Journal, Vol. 115, No. 506, pp. 1054-1076, October 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=856701 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2005.01032.x

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Jordi Brandts

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Axel Ockenfels

University of Cologne - Department of Economics ( email )

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